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27 July


Son of former president in China got a top job

Hu Haifeng will be promoted to Communist Party boss of Xian

Photo: SCMP

/NOVOSTIVL/ The only son of former president Hu Jintao is tipped to become the new Communist Party chief of Xian, China’s ancient capital and the biggest city in the country’s northwest, according to three sources. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

The promotion will elevate Hu Haifeng, 46, to vice-ministerial rank and set him up for future career advancement. Hu is now the party boss of Lishui, a much smaller city in the coastal province Zhejiang.

Xian is the capital of Shaanxi province and Hu will also become a member of the provincial party’s standing committee.

The city is the most important economic centre in the northwest, but is reeling from a political scandal, with a string of officials under investigation by the party anticorruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. The officials were accused of corruption and dereliction of duty after they ignored direct orders from President Xi Jinping to demolish illegal villas built in a nature reserve in the Qinling mountains.