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Nepotism? 23-Year-Old Government Deputy Bureau Chief

Wang Ran, a 23-year-old deputy chief for the Chinese government?

Who is this girl and why is her photograph being talked about by angry Chinese netizens recently? The story begins with a government appointment public announcements from the city of Xintai in China. Here is a copy that was posted by a netizen on the popular Tianya China BBS discussion forum, who titled the post “A government appointment public announcement that completely shocked me”:

Government appointment announcement on Xintai city official website

Notification of Xintai City Public Selection of Cadre Leadership

In accordance with Xintai City Public Selection of Cadre Leadership guidelines, based on open registration, qualifications assessment, fair testing, testing oversight, and according to Xintai City municipal review, seven comrades [sic] will serve as deputy bureau chief level leaders. For the sake of transparency for cadre appointments and public scrutiny by the masses, relevant information concerning the candidates is publicly announced.

Liu Ting Ting, Female. Shandong Province, Xintai. Born December, 1984. College graduate. Current post is trial period for Case Filing Assistant in Daiyue District People’s Court. Proposed assignment is Deputy Justice of Xintai City People’s Court.

Wang Peng, Anhui Province, Xiaoxian County. Born October, 1984. College graduate, bachelor’s degree in business management. Current post is clerk for Xintai City Public Finance Bureau dealing with private companies. Proposed assignment is Deputy Bureau Chief of Xintai City Auditing Bureau.

Lu Yu Jing, Female. Shandong Province, Laiwu. Born October , 1983. College graduate, bachelor’s degree in law. Current post is records clerk in Xintai City People’s Court (Economic Development Zone Court). Proposed assignment is Deputy Bureau Chief of Xintai City Judicial Bureau.

Zhang Sheng Yin. Shandong Province, Feixian County. Born March , 1976. Graduate Degree, master’s in engineering. Current post is infrastructure division clerk in Wei Fang – Bin Hai Economic Development Zone Transportation Bureau. Proposed assignment is Deputy Bureau Chief of Xintai City Construction Bureau.

Zhu Yong Feng, Shandong Province, Laiwu. Born January, 1981. College graduate, bachelor’s in engineering. Current post is assistant engineer Xintai City Construction and Architecture Institute. Proposed assignment is Deputy Bureau Chief of Xintai City Planning Bureau.

Wang Ran, Female, Shandong Province, Xintai. Born July, 1986. College graduate, dual bachelor’s degrees in business management and economics. Current post is staff member in Xintai City Discipline Supervisory Commission Case Review Office. Proposed assignment is Deputy Bureau Chief of Xintai City State Asset Management Bureau.

Li Lin Tao, Henan Province, Zhengzhou. Born March, 1982. College graduate, bachelor’s in business management. Current post is staff member Xintai City Prosecutor’s Office Asset Management Division. Proposed assignment is Deputy Bureau Chief of Xintai City State Asset Management Bureau.

If there are objections to the aforementioned candidates or feedback questions, please direct them to the Municipal Organization Bureau Supervisory and Education Office. Feedback questions should be practical and realistic, telephone and mailed inquiries should contain your real name.

Public Announcement Period: February 1, 2010 to February 7, 2010

Inquiry Hours: Morning from 8:00 to 12:00

Comments from Tianya:

磨刀之石:

Haha , this is interesting/funny, [the Public Announcement Period] should be written as February 1, 2010 11:59 pm to February 2, 2010 12:00 am [so no one has time to object to these appointments.]

fionazeng2010:

Why does it require real names [for inquiries about the candidates]? Then would anyone still dare ask any questions?!

幸福就在生活里:

This does not follow conventional half-rank promotions, but flying-in- a-plane promotion of several ranks.

东方胥:

The main factor is the young age, can they really undertake such heavy responsibilities? Is this yet another case of inheritance?

笑一笑而过:

Very ground-breaking, very forward-looking, very shocking!

罗克斯通:

I thought they were making a joke, intentionally went online to see for myself, this event actually happened! Web address: http://www.xintai.gov.cn/contents/43/6249.html Everyone take a look, don’t know if it’s possible to dig out the backgrounds for these people.

pqx1977:

There is definitely a problem here.

生在长安:

Too shady!

nevexing:

Waiting for human flesh search.

在家过晚年:

[referring to the bolded excerpt above]

[Born in] 1986, directly promoted at such a young age follows what basis? If there are no significant achievements, isn’t promotion to deputy bureau chief too hurried??? Much less to State Asset Management Bureau. Take note of this.

Is this Wang Ran, the post-80s generation girl who was promoted to deputy chief so quickly? Who is her boyfriend?

From chinanews.com:

Do they dare to publicly reveal the “Post-80s Bureau Chief’s” family background?

Recently on the internet appeared a post titled “A government appointment public announcement that completely shocked me” where the poster “andybigfan” claimed that at the beginning of February this year, Xintai (a county level city) in Shandong Province newly promoted six deputy bureau chiefs and one deputy justice of the court. Of these seven people, six were born in the 80s, with the youngest being only 23-years-old. “Henceforth Post 80s generation has ascended the political arena.” (Chongqing Business Report, February 21).

The most controversial is “Post 80s Bureau Chief” Wang Ran. Born in July 1986, this young lady joined the Discipline Supervisory Commission Case Review Office as a staff member on August 2008 after graduating from college and passing the civil service exam. According to an estimation, after a trial period of one year, she has barely served a few months as a staff member before receiving “a burden from heaven” [Chinese proverb] and assuming a leadership position, resolute and unafraid. The controversy among netizens concerns her limited age, insufficient qualifications, lack of annual performance reviews, and is just a young adult with basically an empty political track record. At rocket speed, she has risen from the ranks of staff member to being recognized as a leader, adored by her superiors, appreciated by the organization, and managed to leap-frog her way to such an important position?

Wang Ran, second generation government official?

According to conventional procedure, going from a regular staff member to an administrative leadership position requires candidates to climb the steps of becoming a deputy section chief, section chief, and deputy staff director*. Cadres must undergo this improvement process so they can accumulate experience, know the pros and cons, acquire competency, and exercise their abilities because leadership skill is a science, not a game. Party and Government Administrative Statutes on Appointing Cadre Leadership states “For county level leadership positions and above, promotion from tier 8 to tier 7 requires cadres to serve at least two years, while promotion from tier 7 to tier 6 requires at least three years. Party and government leadership cadres should strive for promotion.” Even though there are no statutes for tier 11, 10, and 9 promotions, the various regions all base their regulations on the spirit of the official guidelines, and promotions from tier 11, 10, and 9 basically follow the pattern for tier 8. Clearly, when compared to the spirit of the official statutes, Wang Ran only has a few months of experience as a tier 11 staff member and is unqualified for a tier 10 leadership position.

There is only one circumstance which is not accounted for, and that is the promotion by exception. Official statues state “Especially outstanding young cadres or needs arising from special assignments may warrant a promotion by exception.” There is no doubt that Wang Ran’s case is a “promotion by exception”, but other than her age, I’m afraid even the government bureau cannot state with confidence whether she is “especially outstanding” or not. When a reporter went to Xintai to interview the municipal committee bureau in order to obtain information on any remarkable achievements these newly promoted cadres may have had, the person in charge admitted “it’s hard to say”. As far as “needs arising from special assignments” is concerned, it’s not clear how remarkable, sophisticated, or specialized Wang Ran’s job at the State Asset Management Bureau actually is, such that even an ordinary person is qualified for this position. If “young” cadres are what merited the promotion by exception, then from now on shouldn’t the government bureau be going to kindergarten to select cadres?

Wang Ran, 23-year-old female deputy bureau chief in China's government bureaucracy?

It’s no wonder that netizens are basically unanimous in speculating that Wang Ran is the local “second generation official” or “third generation official”, which is indicated by her grades from two previous interviews. As shown on the Xintai government website, Wang Ran grades at the latest civil service exam was 64.83 for the written test, 86.00 for the interview, with a composite score of 75.41. Her grades for the 2008 test for civil staff member were 52.8 for the written, 79.2 for the interview, with a composite of 64.88. The scores for her interviews were far higher than her written tests. Interview scoring is arbitrary and not necessarily subject to reality. As such, netizens are ridiculing, questioning, and denouncing, yet the local bureau yet again cannot provide substantially convincing documents. There is only one way to quiet public criticism and that is for the local bureau to make public Wang Ran’s family background. Publicly disclose her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, their jobs, their positions, and let netizens decide for themselves. However, is the local government capable of doing this?

* The Chinese civil service follows a 15 level system divided into 12 tiers with clerks (Level 10-15) at the bottom and the Premier of the P.R.C (currently occupied by Wen Jia Bao) at Level 1. The civil servant in question, Wang Ran, was at tier 11 before being promoted to tier 6.

Comments from chinanews.com:

123.154.210.x:

Awaiting the expose.

116.226.192.x:

Shady government bureaucracy!

221.199.40.x:

So society has become like this! This kind of corruption hasn’t been around for only one or two years [isn’t new], the result of a dictatorship is despotism!

221.2.63.x:

Not uncommon, Rizhao city in Shandong also has this.

218.93.15.x:

Used to it! These days, civil servant appointments are all behind closed doors, promoting officials certainly depends on connections [guanxi].

59.39.139.x:

The cadre promotion procedure has always been a black box, tests are merely a formality.

60.210.7.x:

This is a unique feature of China.

180.137.215.x:

In China, it is one generation bequeathing to the next.

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