Huang Xingguo, Mayor of Tianjin, China

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Huang Xingguo
Mayor of Tianjin

25 June 2010: The mayor was born in 1954 in Xianshang County, a rural area adjacent to Ningbo City. Ningbo, a key port on the East China Sea, has assumed increased importance in the regional economy following the opening of the Hangzhou Bay Bridge in 2008 (the world’s longest transoceanic bridge) which has connected it to Shanghai across the bay. Xingguo joined the Communist Party in 1973, rising to local party chief in Xianshang, where he presided over the growth of the tourism and construction sectors. Huang Xingguo has been shortlisted for the 2010 World Mayor Prize.

He was then sent to nearby Taizhou city in 1987 to serve as deputy party secretary, where he again is credited with growth of its economy. Further postings followed as secretary-general and then vice president of Zhejiang Province, before assuming the role of party chief for Ningbo itself.

He was then posted to Tianjin, taking up the post of vice mayor for the city.  In 2007 he was selected as mayor by the Standing Committee of the Tianjin Municipal People's Congress, replacing Dai Xianglong, a former governor of the People’s Bank of China and now president of the country’s Social Security Fund. The sixth largest city in China, Tianjin is one of four top-level (provincial status) municipalities, the others being Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing.

The mayor of Tianjin remains the figurehead of the city administration but under China’s dual system of government between the state and the Communist Party, the party’s municipal committee secretary (‘party chief’) is the political leader of the city. The current CPC Municipal Committee Secretary in Tianjin is Zhang Gaoli, an economist and ascendant member of the party leadership.

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