Are the new mayors of Shanghai and Beijing both Xi Jinping protégés? - SupChina

Are the new mayors of Shanghai and Beijing both Xi Jinping protégés?


  • Two former Xi subordinates elevated in China’s biggest cities / Bloomberg
    As we noted at the end of 2016, Ying Yong, a “former close subordinate” of President Xi Jinping, was in the running to be mayor of Shanghai. Today, his appointment became official, while Cai Qi was named mayor of Beijing. Both new mayors are sometimes characterized as being part of the “Zhejiang Clique,” meaning that he served as an official in Zhejiang Province at the same time as Xi (2002–2007) and is seen as especially loyal to the president.

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Lucas Niewenhuis

Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company’s newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.