Date
23 October 2017
Ren Xuefeng, 49, is the first outsider to become party chief in Guangzhou in 30 years. Photo: baidu.com
Ren Xuefeng, 49, is the first outsider to become party chief in Guangzhou in 30 years. Photo: baidu.com

New Guangzhou party chief breaks 30-year tradition

Tianjin vice mayor Ren Xuefeng has been appointed party chief of Guangzhou in southern China’s Guangdong province, Ming Pao Daily reported of Thursday.

He is replacing Wan Qingliang, who was sacked in June and placed under investigation for suspected “serious violations of discipline and the law”.

Ren, 49, is the first outsider to occupy the top position in Guangzhou in 30 years. All his nine predecessors during that period had long working experience in the city or the province before being appointed as the Guangzhou party chief.

Ren, who hailed from the northern Hebei province, has a doctorate in management from the Nankai University in Tianjin. He was appointed vice mayor of Tianjin in 2008 after working as chairman of the Hong Kong Jinlian Group, a Tianjin government-owned investment vehicle focusing on Hong Kong.

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