'1962' is a lucky year for China's deputy governors

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 February, 2013, 2:53pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 February, 2013, 3:25pm

‘1962’ has become a lucky number for China’s ambitious and younger generation politicians, a report by China Economic Net said on Wednesday

Among the 71 newly-elected provincial deputy governors, 50 were born after 1960, said the report.

The total number of deputy governors who were born after 1960 has now reached 112, and  27 of them - 24 per cent of the total - were born in the year 1962, according to the report.

China restored its national college entrance exam in 1977 after the Cultural Revolution ended. Many officials who were born after 1962 were among the first batches of university students after the nation rebuilt its universities and resumed recruiting students. 

The news was greeted with a mixed response on China's socal media.

“The age of officials doesn’t matter,” said a blogger on China's twitter-like service Sina Weibo, “What matters is one’s sense of responsibility.”

“It might take a while for those of us who born after 1990 to be in charge,” commented another netizen.