China names acting mayor for Tianjin after bribery scandal
China has named an acting mayor for the northern city of Tianjin, state media said on Tuesday, months after the mayor was jailed for corruption.
The port city of Tianjin, close to Beijing, has ambitions to become a financial hub for northern China and is one of four areas designated a municipality, along with Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, giving it the same high status as a province.
Zhang Guoqing, the former mayor of Chongqing, was appointed acting mayor and deputy mayor of Tianjin, the People’s Daily newspaper said.
Zhang previously worked as general manager of North Industry Corporation, China’s biggest weapons manufacturer, supplier and exporter.
A Chinese court in September jailed the former Tianjin mayor, Huang Xingguo, for 12 years for accepting bribes.
Huang was made mayor of Tianjin in 2007 and took on the additional role of acting party secretary in 2014, but he had not yet been permanently appointed – an unusually long time in provincial politics.
The investigation against him was announced in September, 2016, 13 months after a deadly warehouse blast in Tianjin, for which Huang previously said he bore “unexcusable” responsibility.
The blast killed 162 people and displaced thousands of residents, most of whom were living less than 1km from the chemical storage site and saw their flats destroyed.
The former deputy mayor of Tianjin, Yan Qingmin, has been appointed as vice-chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
Meanwhile, Jing Junhai was appointed acting governor of northeastern Jilin province on Tuesday.
Jing was also named deputy governor of the province at a session of the Standing Committee of the Jilin Provincial People’s Congress.
The local legislature accepted the resignation of former governor Liu Guozhong at the session.
Jing earlier served as deputy secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Born in December 1960, Jing comes from Baishui in Shaanxi province.