Leadership reshuffle continues ahead of China’s national congress in autumn

Latest round of changes involves party bosses and government heads in seven provinces

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 April, 2017, 11:56pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 April, 2017, 11:56pm

A new round of reshuffles involving regional party bosses and government heads in seven provinces has begun, ahead of the party’s once-every-five-years national congress to be held this autumn.

The changes in Guangdong, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Hainan, Gansu, Sichuan and Shandong provinces were announced on Saturday.

Liu Cigui, 61, was named party secretary for Hainan, replacing Luo Baoming, 64. And Wang Sanyun, 64, was replaced as party head of Gansu by his deputy Lin Duo, Xinhua reported, citing a decision by the Central Committee of the Communist Party.

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Liu has long been considered a close ally to President Xi Jinping, having worked as Xi’s subordinate in Fujian province. Lin reportedly has close relations with the party’s top graft-buster Wang Qishan, from his time serving under Wang when he was Beijing mayor.

On the other hand, the out­going Luo and Wang Sanyun are both regarded as key members of the “Youth League faction” after spending years on the league’s Central Committee.

Meanwhile, Zhang Qingwei, the 55-year-old Hebei provincial governor, has been named party chief of Heilongjiang province, according to Xinhua.

Formerly an aerospace engineer, Zhang’s elevation is in line with a recent trend of politicians with a military background being promoted.

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Xu Qin, 55, the new party chief in Shenzhen, was tipped to become governor of Hebei and replace Zhang, a source said. The online version of the official Hebei Daily reported yesterday that Xu had been named the deputy party boss of Hebei province.

In addition, news portal The.paper.cn reported that Fan Ruiping had been made the party boss of Chengdu, Sichuan province, succeeding Tang Liangzhi, who would have a new appointment in the near future.

A Chengdu-based source said that Tang, 56, would soon be elevated to head the government of an unnamed province.

Xinhua also said that Liu Jiayi had been appointed as the party secretary of Shandong province, replacing Jiang Yikang.