Ex-mayor's new title at academy

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 July, 2002, 12:00am

Former Shanghai mayor Xu Kuangdi has been given a new title, but not one that puts him in line for promotion.

He has been named president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, in addition to the post he now holds as the institute's party secretary, academy officials said yesterday.

Mr Xu was suddenly shifted to the academic institute in December before his term as mayor was over.

The move was seen as a way of keeping him out of the limelight ahead of the 16th Communist Party Congress.

The official reason was Mr Xu's age - he was then 64 - but the move was widely seen as a result of friction with party chief Huang Ju.

Officials had been hinting other things were in store for Mr Xu, who won respect for transforming Shanghai into the mainland's best-run city. But the latest move is unlikely to put suspicions to rest that he was shunted aside.