Hu Jintao

Ex-president Hu Jintao’s son formally named mayor of city in eastern China

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 April, 2017, 2:31pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 April, 2017, 11:09pm

The son of the former Chinese president Hu Jintao has formally been named the mayor of a city in eastern China.

Hu Haifeng has been confirmed in the post in Jiaxing in Zhejiang province. He had been acting mayor since March last year and was elected to the role by the local people’s congress on Tuesday, the Jiaxing Daily reported.

The move comes after Deng Xiaoping’s grandson, Deng Zhuodi, quit his post as a county Communist Party deputy secretary in the Guangxi region in July last year.

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The younger Hu had worked as deputy chief of the party in Jiaxing since 2013.

Public information given about the sons and daughters of Chinese leaders is often limited in China.

US President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, may grab the headlines, but not a single picture has formally been publicly released of President Xi Jinping’s daughter, Xi Mingze.

Only a minority of the sons and daughters of leaders take government office, although many are influential in the business world.

Among those taking a government position are the minister of transport, Li Xiaopeng. He is the son of China’s former premier Li Peng.

The younger Hu graduated in computer science at Beijing Jiaotong University and studied for an Executive MBA at Tsinghua University.

He headed Nuctech, a Tsinghua University-owned company formed in the 1990s.

The firm has a near monopoly on security check equipment at airports, subways and public venues in China.

The company was involved in a corruption investigation in Namibia, but no allegations of wrongdoing were levelled at Hu.

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He became the party secretary of the Yangtze Delta Region Institute in Jiaxing, a government-backed think tank, in 2010.

It is unclear what job Deng Xiaoping’s grandson, Deng Zhuodi, will take on next after leaving his local government position last year.

He took part in a bridge competition in Beijing last month. His grandfather was also a passionate player of the card game.