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Former mayor of Beijing, Guo Jinlong was appointed the new Beijing party boss at the 11th Communist Party of China (CPC) Beijing Municipal Committee. Guo is now set to join China’s all important decision-making Politburo during the leadership change.
But who is Guo? And what does his appointment mean for China?
Guo is a native of Nanjing from China’s Jiangsu province and joined the CPC in 1979. He has been in the party for nearly 25 years and has had positions in Sichuan province ranging from public relations, education, to agriculture.
At the end of 1993 he was transferred to Tibet as deputy secretary of the CPC Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee, where he stayed till 2000. In 2002, he finally became a member of the CPC central committee and slowly climbed his way up to the position of Mayor of Beijing.
Jinlong has been sued for crimes against humanity in Taiwan for his role in persecuting practitioners of the Falun Gong and Tibetans. The Chinese government outlawed the movement in 1999 because they viewed it as a threat to ‘national security’.
Guo was part of the Olympic organising committee leading which ordered the arrest of 500 Falun Gong practitioners ahead of the 2008 Olympics.
Guo is president Hu Jintao’s ally and his appointment gives Hu some political sway after he leaves office.
Here’s Guo’s complete resume from his time as the Mayor of Beijing via the Beijing Municipal Government:
Mr. Guo Jinlong is a member of the Seventeenth Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Deputy Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Mayor of Beijing, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of Beijing Municipal Government, Executive President of Beijing organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) and Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of BOCOG.
Previous leadership positions: Mr. Guo Jinlong held include Deputy Secretary of the CPC Zhongxian County Committee and Zhongxian County Magistrate, Sichuan Province, Deputy Director-General of the Rural Research Office of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee, Deputy Director-General of Sichuan Provincial Commission of Rural Economy, Deputy Secretary and then Secretary of the CPC Leshan Municipal Committee, Sichuan Province, Standing Member and then Deputy Secretary of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee, Deputy Secretary, Executive Deputy Secretary and Secretary of the CPC Tibet Autonomous Region Committee, Secretary of the CPC Anhui Provincial Committee, Chairman of the Standing Committee of Anhui Provincial People’s Congress, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Vice Mayor and Acting Mayor of Beijing. In January, 2008, he was elected mayor of Beijing.
Mr. Guo Jinlong is a deputy to the Eleventh National People’s Congress.
Responsibilities: Mr. Guo Jinlong is in charge of overall work of Beijing Municipal Government and specifically responsible for planning, government establishment and audit.