Xia Baolong

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Xia Baolong
夏宝龙
Communist Party Secretary of Zhejiang
In office
December 2012 – April 2017
Deputy Li Qiang (Governor)
Wang Huizhong
Preceded by Zhao Hongzhu
Succeeded by Che Jun
Governor of Zhejiang Province
In office
August 2011 – December 2012
Party Secretary Xi Jinping
Preceded by Lü Zushan
Succeeded by Li Qiang
Personal details
Born December 1952 (age 65)
Tianjin, China
Political party Communist Party of China

Xia Baolong (Chinese: ; born December 1952) is a Chinese politician. Originally from Tianjin, Xia began his political career in the Communist Youth League. He served as the vice mayor of Tianjin, Governor and Communist Party Secretary of Zhejiang province. Since 2018, he has served as a Vice Chairman of the 13th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Secretary General.[1] He has a doctoral degree in Economics.[2]

Career[edit]

Xia Baolong was born in Tianjin. In his youth, Xia was an elementary and high school teacher in Hebei and Tianjin, and a grassroots level official of the Communist Youth League. He joined the Communist Party of China in November 1973. He received a degree in Chinese from Hexi District Workers' University (天津市河西区职工大学), an adult-education college, in 1980. Later he rose to the positions of Party Secretary and governor of Hexi District, and then Vice Mayor of Tianjin.[2] Between 1999 and 2003 he studied political economics at Peking University.

In November 2003, Xia was transferred to Zhejiang to become a Deputy Party Secretary of the province. Xia served under then-Zhejiang Party Secretary Xi Jinping. In August 2011, he became the acting governor of Zhejiang, succeeding Lü Zushan, and was officially elected as Governor in January 2012. On 18 December 2012, he was promoted to Communist Party Secretary of Zhejiang, the top political office of the province.[1]

In 2014, The New York Times and Chinese-language media reported that Xia allegedly issued orders to remove crosses from the Sanjiang Church in the Wenzhou area.[3][4] Wenzhou is considered a centre of Christianity in China. Under Xia, Zhejiang hosted the 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou. He also attempted to attract Zhejiang businesspeople from abroad. In April 2017 he became a member of the National People's Congress Environment Protection and Resources Conservation Committee.

Xia Baolong was an alternate member of the 15th, 16th, and 17th Central Committees, and a full member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 夏宝龙任浙江省委书记. Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b 夏宝龙同志简历 [Biography of Xia Baolong] (in Chinese). People's Daily. December 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Ian (2014-05-29). "Church-State Clash in China Coalesces Around a Toppled Spire". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "传夏宝龙直接下令拆毁教堂 五千基督徒守护". Duowei News. 2014-04-02. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Zhao Hongzhu
Communist Party Secretary of Zhejiang
2012–2017
Succeeded by
Che Jun
Political offices
Preceded by
Lü Zushan
Governor of Zhejiang
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Li Qiang