Xia Baolong

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Xia Baolong
夏宝龙
Communist Party Secretary of Zhejiang Province
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 2012
Party Secretary Xi Jinping
Preceded by Zhao Hongzhu
Governor of Zhejiang Province
In office
August 2011 – December 2012
Deputy Li Qiang (Governor)
Preceded by Lü Zushan
Succeeded by Li Qiang
Personal details
Born December 1952 (age 62)
Tianjin
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Xia.

Xia Baolong (Chinese: ; born December 1952 in Tianjin) is a Chinese politician and the current Communist Party Secretary of Zhejiang province. Prior to becoming Party Secretary, Xia was Governor of Zhejiang. He also formerly served as vice mayor of Tianjin.[1] He has a doctoral degree in Economics.[2]

Career[edit]

Xia Baolong was born in Tianjin. In his youth, Xia was a 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 went to complete a degree in Chinese at a Hexi District adult-education college (天津市河西区职工大学) 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.

Xia Baolong was an alternate member of the 15th, 16th, and 17th Central Committees, and is a 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 (May 29, 2014). "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. April 2, 2014. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Zhao Hongzhu
Communist Party Chief of Zhejiang
December 2012 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Lü Zushan
Governor of Zhejiang
August 2011 – December 2012
Succeeded by
Li Qiang