Top official who rose amid corruption scandals now named party chief of China’s hi-tech hub

Wang Weizhong, party chief of Taiyuan in Shanxi province, will move to Shenzhen after less than six months in his role

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 April, 2017, 10:55pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 April, 2017, 9:10am

A top official who has been in his position in northern Shanxi province for less than six months has been made party secretary for the hi-tech hub of Shenzhen.

Xinhua reported on Sunday that Wang Weizhong, party chief of Taiyuan, has been named Shenzhen’s party boss.

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Wang’s appointment came just a day after Shenzhen’s last party secretary and mayor, Xu Qin, was made deputy party boss of Hebei province, where a new special economic zone is planned.

Wang, 55, was among a raft of officials parachuted into Shanxi from outside the province in 2014 in the wake of a “landslide of corruption scandals” that brought down nearly half of the resource-rich region’s leadership.

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The former deputy science and technology minister was first named a member of the provincial party committee in September 2014, and then Taiyuan’s party boss in October 2016.

His predecessor in Taiyuan, Wu Zhenglong, 52, was named party boss of Nanjing, Jiangsu province – also hit hard by President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on graft – after just two years in Shanxi.

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Wang briefly studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 2012, in a joint programme with the Communist Party. Its alumni include Xi’s top economic advisor, Liu He.

Like Wang, Xu, 55, is also a high-tech expert, and has helped make Shenzhen a technology hub since 2008. Xu became Shenzhen’s major in 2010.