Ningbo act­ing mayor is new Party chief

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS -

Af­ter six months of va­cancy, the post of sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China’s Ningbo Com­mit­tee has been filled.

Tang Yi­jun, who was the city’s act­ing mayor for four months, will take the man­tle as well as be­come a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the CPC’s Zhe­jiang Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee.

Tang, who was born in 1961, joined the Party in 1985.

He grad­u­ated from the Cen­tral Party School of the Com­mu­nist Party of China.

In 2005, Tang be­came deputy sec­re­tary of the CPC’s Ningbo City Com­mit­tee and has been in charge of the city’s econ­omy and in­dus­try for the past 11 years.

Ningbo, one of the first coastal ci­ties to open its econ­omy in 1984, is a sub­provin­cial city with in­de­pen­dent plan­ning sta­tus, mean­ing it has more eco­nomic author­ity.

Ningbo’s lo­cal gross do­mes­tic prod­uct is ranked sec­ond in the prov­ince, reach­ing 800 bil­lion yuan ($120 bil­lion) last year. That is just be­low Hangzhou, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal and the host city for the G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit in Septem­ber.

In ad­di­tion, Ningbo’s Zhoushan port has the world’s largest cargo han­dling ca­pac­ity, at 900 mil­lion met­ric tons. It han­dled about 21 mil­lion con­tain­ers last year, rank­ing fourth in the world.

Tang wants Ningbo to be­come one of China’s first­tier ci­ties in the near fu­ture.

Ningbo aims to be­come a world-class ship­ping and man­u­fac­tur­ing pow­er­house by 2020.

“Ningbo is at a crit­i­cal junc­ture,” he said at a mu­nic­i­pal Party com­mit­tee meet­ing in July.

“We have hun­dreds of items on the agenda, and deep­en­ing re­form is the top pri­or­ity,” he added.

The city will fo­cus on smart man­u­fac­tur­ing, hard­ware, au­to­ma­tion and ser­vices in or­der to trans­form Ningbo into a “model of smart econ­omy,” the new Party chief said.

With strength in au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ing, petro­chem­i­cals, home ap­pli­ances and other in­dus­tries, Ningbo be­came the first pi­lot city in China to im­ple­ment the Made in China 2025 pro­gram, the high-end man­u­fac­tur­ing re­form drive, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

Tang Yi­jun

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