New leader raises hopes of re­ju­ve­na­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By LIU CE andWUYONG in Shenyang

Wang Menghui, Party chief of Xi­a­men, Fu­jian province, was ap­pointed on Tues­day as Party chief of Shenyang, the cap­i­tal of Liaon­ing province.

Wang, 56, re­placed Zeng Wei, who served in the po­si­tion in Shenyang for eight years.

Wang had been Party chief of Xi­a­men since 2013. His po­lit­i­cal ca­reer has pre­vi­ously been tied to south­ern China.

Wang, who was born in Jiangsu province in 1960, grad­u­ated from Ts­inghuaUniver­sity in 1983. He be­came a deputy mayor of Panyu, Guang­dong province, in 1993.

Since then, he rose through the ranks in Guang­dong, be­com­ing the deputy head of the Guangzhou district of Zengcheng, mayor of Shan­wei, Party chief of Yunfu and, in De­cem­ber 2011, vice-gov­er­nor of Fu­jian province.

In May 2013, ap­pointed as Party Xi­a­men.

Last year, Xi­a­men’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct in­creased by 7.5 per­cent to 347 bil­lion yuan ($52 bil­lion), with a per capita GDP of $14,500. The city’s rev­enue also in­creased by 10.2 per­cent, break­ing the 100 bil­lion yuan bench­mark.

Shenyang, as well as the rest he was chief of of Liaon­ing province, is un­der heavy pres­sure to re­form its tra­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries. Liaon­ing was the only province to re­port a neg­a­tive GDP growth rate, mi­nus 1 per­cent, in the first half of this year.

With the phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess in Xi­a­men, ne­ti­zens be­lieve Wang may be able to re­ju­ve­nate Shenyang’s econ­omy. The new Party sec­re­tary is also con­fi­dent.

“Shenyang is a city with a glo­ri­ous his­tory and rich cul­ture that plays an im­por­tant role in na­tional strat­egy,” Wang said on Tues­day at a meet­ing in Shenyang to an­nounce his po­si­tion.

“I’mproud to work here and also keenly aware of the great re­spon­si­bil­ity on me,” he added. “I will de­vote allmy ef­forts to my job and, to­gether with all of the power of the city, to pro­mote Shenyang to pi­o­neer in the new round of re­vi­tal­iza­tion ofNorth­east China.”

An eco­nomics re­searcher in Liaon­ing who re­quested anonymity said: “Most of the of­fi­cials in Liaon­ing are from the province. This is easy to fall into a dead­lock. SinceWang is from the more de­vel­oped and open area, he may bring some new thoughts, which may break the fixed mind­sets of the city.”

Con­tact the writ­ers at li­uce@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Zhang Zhi­hao in Bei­jing and HuMei­dong in Fuzhou con­trib­uted to this story.

Wang Menghui

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from China

© PressReader. All rights reserved.