Vice-president of the Supreme People's Court and Grand Justice of the Second Rank
Yang was born in January 1961 in Xiyang county, Shanxi province. He studied economic law at Jilin University, and has a master’s degree in law.
He began to work in August 1977, joined the Communist Party of China in April 1986 and was elected a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress.
Yang is now a member of the Leading Party Members Group of the Supreme People's Court and a member of the court’s judicial committee.
He formerly was a member of the commission for political and legal affairs of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and president of the Beijing Municipal Higher People's Court.