Wang meets Danish state prosecutor Jorgen Sorensen in Beijing on June 24. Between May 19-June 22, Wang was not seen in public. (Photo/Xinhua)
Wang Qishan, head of the Communist Party of China's watchdog agency, has been unusually absent from the public eye over the past month, raising speculation as to what he has been doing at a time when the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has been announcing the sacking of several senior officials, reports Duowei News, a media outlet operated by overseas Chinese.
The usual absence has draw attention from domestic and foreign media outlets alike. Wang was not seen in public between May 19, when he attended a seminar held by the commission in Shandong province, and June 22, when he attended a memorial service for Wang Wenyuan, vice chairman of the ninth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). He met visiting officials from Denmark two days later.
The commission meanwhile recorded an "outstanding" performance while Wang was out of sight, with three provincial-level officials arrested within a week. Du Shanxue, vice governor of Shanxi province and Ling Zhengce, vice chairman of the Shanxi provincial committee of the CPPCC, were dismissed over suspected serious disciplinary violations, a byword for corruption, while Su Rong, vice chairman of the CPPCC, became the highest ranking official to be probed for corruption since the CPC's 18th National Congress in November 2012, when the country's new leadership was announced.
Domestic media speculated that Wang's absence may have been due to illness, but many of them believe he may have been handling cases related to Zhou Yongkang, the former member of the Politburo Standing Committee who is known to be under investigation, though this has not been formally announced.
Wang Qishan 王岐山
Wang Wenyuan 王文元
Du Shanxue 杜善學
Ling Zhengce 令政策
Su Rong 蘇榮
Zhou Yongkang 周永康