Ren Xuefeng

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Ren Xuefeng
任学锋
Deputy Party Secretary of Chongqing
In office
October 2018 October 2019
Preceded by Tang Liangzhi
Succeeded byvacant
Deputy Party Secretary of Guangdong
In office
February 2017 October 2018
Preceded by Ma Xingrui
Succeeded by Wang Weizhong
Party Secretary of Guangzhou
In office
August 2014 July 2018
Preceded by Wan Qingliang
Succeeded by Zhang Shuofu
Personal details
Born26 October 1965
Xingtai, Hebei, China
Died31 October 2019(2019-10-31) (aged 54)
Beijing, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Hebei University of Technology
Nankai University

Ren Xuefeng (Chinese :任学锋; pinyin :Rén Xuéfēng; 26 October 1965 – 31 October 2019) was a Chinese politician and business executive. Ren was an early leader of the Binhai New Area in Tianjin and served as the city's vice-mayor for eight years. He was transferred to Guangdong province in 2014, where he served as Communist Party Secretary of Guangzhou and Deputy Party Secretary of Guangdong. He was appointed Deputy Party Secretary of Chongqing in October 2018, but died in office a year later at age 54.

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Guangdong Most populous province of the Peoples Republic of China

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Early life and career in Tianjin

Ren Xuefeng was born on 26 October 1965 [1] in Xingtai, Hebei, China. [2] He joined the Communist Party of China in July 1985. He graduated from Hebei University of Technology in 1988 with a degree in organic chemical engineering. He later studied at Nankai University Business School on a part-time basis, earning a Doctor of Business Administration degree in 1998. He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research at the university from 1999 to 2001. [2]

Xingtai Prefecture-level city in Hebei, Peoples Republic of China

Xingtai is a prefecture-level city in southern Hebei province, People's Republic of China. It has a total area of 12,486 square kilometres (4,821 sq mi) and administers 2 districts, 2 county-level cities and 15 counties. At the 2010 census, its population was 7,104,103 inhabitants whom 1,461,809 lived in the built-up area made of 2 urban districts and Xingtai and Nanhe Counties largely being conurbated now. It borders Shijiazhuang and Hengshui in the north, Handan in the south, and the provinces of Shandong and Shanxi in the east and west respectively.

Hebei Province

Hebei is a coastal province in Northern China. The modern province was established in 1911 as Chihli Province. Its capital and largest city is Shijiazhuang. Its one-character abbreviation is "冀" (Jì), named after Ji Province, a Han dynasty province (zhou) that included what is now southern Hebei. The name Hebei literally means "north of the river", referring to its location entirely to the north of the Yellow River.

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From 1995 to 2002, Ren was the chief executive of the Tianjin New Technology Industrial Park, the predecessor of Binhai New Area. From 2004 to 2008 he served as Vice-Chairman, then Chairman of Hong Kong Jinlian (Tsinlein) Group Co. Ltd., the de facto representative office of the Tianjin government in Hong Kong. [3] He served as Vice Mayor of Tianjin from 2008 to 2014. [4]

Tianjin Municipality in Peoples Republic of China

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Career in Guangdong and Chongqing

In August 2014, Ren was appointed Communist Party Secretary of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. He replaced Wan Qingliang, who had been dismissed for corruption, and became the first person from outside Guangdong to serve as the top leader of its capital in 33 years. [3] In February 2017, Ren was appointed Deputy Party Secretary of Guangdong. He left his post as party chief of Guangzhou in July 2018, after four years on the job. [2]

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Wan Qingliang is a former Chinese politician from Guangdong province. He served as the Mayor of Guangzhou, one of China's most populous cities, from 2010 to 2011, and was then promoted to Communist Party Secretary, the top official of the city. In June 2014, the Communist Party's anti-corruption agency announced that Wan was held for investigation. Wan was expelled from Communist Party of China on October 9, 2014. He was convicted on criminal charges related to taking over 100 million yuan in bribes, and sentenced to life in prison.

Ren was transferred out of Guangdong in October 2018 and appointed Deputy Party Secretary of Chongqing municipality, [2] the No. 3 official behind Party Secretary Chen Min'er and Mayor Tang Liangzhi. [5] Although his new position was officially on the same level as his old one, it was generally viewed as a demotion as Chongqing is not as economically prosperous and strategically important as Guangdong. [6] [7]

Chongqing Municipality in Peoples Republic of China

Chongqing, alternately romanised as Chungking, is a major city in southwest China. Administratively, it is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of central government of the People's Republic of China, and the only such municipality located far away from the coast. It is the largest city proper in the world.

Chen Miner Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing

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Tang Liangzhi is a Chinese politician who has been Mayor of Chongqing since January 2018. He was previously party secretary of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, and mayor of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei.

Ren was an alternate member of the 18th and 19th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China. [4]

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Death

On 24 October 2019, Ren met with Sylvain Laurent, the Asia-Pacific region CEO of the French software company Dassault Systèmes, in Chongqing. [8] After the conclusion of the Fourth Plenum of the 19th Central Committee, Ren was unexpectedly absent from an important meeting of the Chongqing Party Committee on 1 November 2019. [6] Two days later, government media in Chongqing reported that Ren had "recently died of an illness", aged 54. [7] According to the Hong Kong newspaper Sing Tao Daily , Ren had been under intensive medical care after falling from a building, and had missed the Fourth Plenum. [7] The paper reported the following day that he died on 31 October 2019, likely in Beijing. [1]

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