Guang­dong na­tive to serve as act­ing mayor of Shen­zhen

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou zheng­caix­iong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chen Rugui, former Party chief of Zhong­shan, was ap­pointed as deputy mayor and act­ing mayor of Shen­zhen dur­ing a con­fer­ence of the city’s stand­ing com­mit­tee of the peo­ple’s congress on Thurs­day.

Chen, born in Lian­jiang in the western part of Guang­dong prov­ince in 1962, will be the 13th mayor of Shen­zhen and the 12th since the city was des­ig­nated as China’s first spe­cial eco­nomic zone, which of­fi­cially kicked off the coun­try’s re­form and open­ing-up in the late 1970s.

Chen, an en­gi­neer, will also be the first Shen­zhen mayor in 27 years who was born in Guang­dong. Pre­vi­ously, most of the may­ors came from out­side the prov­ince, in­clud­ing three from East China’s Jiangsu prov­ince.

Shen­zhen’s may­oral of­fice has been va­cant for four months, fol­low­ing the trans­fer of Xu Qin, the former Party chief and mayor, to He­bei prov­ince. Xu is now deputy Party chief and gover­nor of He­bei.

Wang Weizhong, former Party chief of Taiyuan, cap­i­tal of Shanxi prov­ince, was ap­pointed Shen­zhen’s Party chief in April.

Un­der Chen, Shen­zhen is ex­pected to fur­ther ex­pand its co­op­er­a­tion with Hong Kong and speed up its eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion with the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion, ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers. Chen is ex­pert in eco­nomic, so­cial and ur­ban devel­op­ment and pays great at­ten­tion to the con­struc­tion of high-speed rail­ways, in­ter­city light rail, ports, high­ways, air­ports and re­lated in­fra­struc­ture projects to en­hance the eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion of cities in the Pearl River Delta, the in­sid­ers said.

“Chen will be able to de­velop his tal­ent fully and help in­te­grate Shen­zhen with Hong Kong, Ma­cao and other cities in the Pearl River Delta in in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion af­ter he takes of­fice,” said Peng Peng, vice-chair­man of the ex­perts com­mit­tee of South Non­govern­men­tal Think-tank.

When Chen be­came the top of­fi­cial of Zhong­shan, a pros­per­ous city in the Pearl River Delta, in Septem­ber, he urged greater co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Shen­zhen and Zhong­shan and in­te­gra­tion of his city into the eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the Guang­dong-Hong Kong-Ma­cao Greater Bay Area.

Chen led a Zhong­shan del­e­ga­tion to Shen­zhen in Fe­bru­ary to study the ex­pe­ri­ence of the city’s in­no­va­tion devel­op­ment and seek in­vest­ment and co­op­er­a­tion with the spe­cial eco­nomic zone.

Zhong­shan, home­town of Sun Yat-sen, the fore­run­ner of China’s demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion, is also one of the ma­jor pro­duc­tion bases and tourist des­ti­na­tions in Guang­dong prov­ince.

Chen was ex­ec­u­tive vice­mayor and later deputy Party chief of Guangzhou, cap­i­tal of Guang­dong, be­fore he took of­fice as Party chief in Zhong­shan.

When he worked in Guangzhou, Chen pro­moted eco­nomic ties be­tween the south­ern me­trop­o­lis and Hong Kong, along with in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion in the city.

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Pas­sen­gers take long es­ca­la­tors to de­scend to Hong­tudi sta­tion of Line 6 of the Chongqing Metro, which is about 60 me­ters be­neath the ground.

Chen Rugui

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