2012年4月12日，周永康在人民大会堂会见了上海合作组织成 员国安全会议秘书及第七次会议的成员国代表团团长。同月17日，周永康出席全国司法所建设工作总结表彰电视电话会议，并代表党中央、国务院向受到表彰的单 位表示祝贺和慰问，会上周永康讲到，政法干警要保持清醒的政治头脑，坚持正确的政治方向，站稳自己的政治立场，始终同以“胡锦涛同志为总书记的党中央”保持高度一致。
2012年6月12日，周永康在政法干警核心价值观教育实践活动汇报会暨《政法干警核心价值观教育读本》首发式上的讲话中说，政法机关必须把讲政治 作为第一位的要求，始终坚持忠于党、忠于国家、忠于人民、忠于法律，坚决贯彻落实中央的路线方针政策和各项决策部署，严格遵守党的纪律，在事关方向和原则 的大是大非问题上，头脑要十分清醒，立场要十分坚定，旗帜要十分鲜明，确保在任何时候、任何情况下都同以胡锦涛同志为总书记的党中央保持高度一致。
他强调，要认真贯彻 落实中央决策部署，坚定信心决心，科学应对挑战，扎实做好维护稳定各项工作，为党的十八大胜利召开创造平安稳定祥和的社会环境。 2012年8月29日，據路透社報導，中共預計在18大時不讓中央政法委入常，讓9人集團縮減為7人，削減政法委的權力。 2012年11月19日 中共中央决定:周永康不再担任中央政法委书记职务，中央政治局委员孟建柱兼任中央政法委书记。
Zhou Yongkang (born December 1942) was a senior leader in the Communist Party of China (CPC) who served on the 17th Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), and the Secretary of the Central Political and Legislative Committee between 2007 and 2012. In that position Zhou oversaw China's security forces and law enforcement institutions.
Zhou was a State Councillor until March 2008 and is a member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. He was mayor of Panjin in Liaoning province from 1983 until 1985, and served as the Minister of Public Security of the People's Republic of China from 2002 to 2007. He retired at the 18th Party Congress in 2012.
Born in December 1942, Zhou Yongkang is a native of Wuxi, Jiangsu province. In November 1964 Zhou joined the CPC and joined geological survey work in north-east China in 1966 after the Cultural Revolution broke out. He graduated from the Survey and Exploration Department of Beijing Petroleum Institute majoring in geophysical survey and exploration. As a university graduate he holds the title Senior Engineer with a rank equivalent to that of Professor.
During the 1960s and 70s he spent most of his career in the petroleum industry. By the mid-1980s he was vice minister of the Petroleum Industry, and from 1996 General Manager of the China National Petroleum Corporation, China’s largest energy company. In 1998 he was Minister of Land and Resources and in 1999, secretary of the Communist Party of China Sichuan Provincial Committee. During his tenure as Minister of Public Security, he was a reformer of China's policing system, aiming to create a more professional police force, even going as far as to fire several hundred police officers for drinking problems. His time in Sichuan and as Public Security Minister made him noticed by the party's central authority, and in 2007 he was transferred to fill the vacancy from Luo Gan, who retired in the party's political and legislative affairs committee, and was responsible for China’s courts, police, paramilitary and various domestic state security and spying agencies. As a result, even though he is ranked last in the PSC's hierarchy, it is not an indication of his actual power.
Several leaked U.S. diplomatic cables from Wikileaks have alleged Zhou's involvement in Beijing's cyber attack against Google, though the claim's veracity has been questioned. Other cables said it was "well-known" that Zhou Yongkang controlled the state monopoly of the oil sector. In May 2012 the Financial Times reported that Zhou had relinquished the operational control of the party's Political and Legal Affairs Commission to Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu due to his support for former Chinese politician Bo Xilai, and had lost his right to select his successor when he retires from the Politburo Standing Committee in fall 2012. The New York Times later reported that Zhou's status remained unchanged.
February 16, 2011