Xu Lin (born 1963)

Xu Lin (Chinese: 徐麟; born June 1963) is a Chinese politician, who serving as the director of the State Council Information Office since August 2018. He served as the main official in charge of internet policy, the head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, from June 2016 to July 2018.[1] Xu was previously the head of the Shanghai propaganda department and later Communist Party Committee Secretary of Pudong.

Xu Lin
Director of the State Council Information Office
Assumed office
August 2018
PremierLi Keqiang
Preceded byJiang Jianguo
Director of the Cyberspace Administration of China
In office
June 29, 2016 – July 31, 2018
PremierLi Keqiang
DeputyWang Xiujun (王秀军)
Preceded byLu Wei
Succeeded byZhuang Rongwen
Communist Party Secretary of Pudong
In office
August 2008 – May 2013
District GovernorLi Yiping (李逸平) → Jiang Liang (姜梁)
Preceded byDu Jiahao
Succeeded byShen Xiaoming
Personal details
BornJune 1963 (age 57–58)
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materShanghai Normal University


Xu Lin was born in Shanghai in June 1963. He was graduated from Shanghai Normal University and joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in September 1982.[2] Xu was the teacher of Zhoupu High School (周浦中学), and the CPC standing committee member and acting deputy county chief in Nanhui County at the age of 29. Later, he became the CCP deputy secretary of Jiading District. In 1995, he became deputy secretary of Shigatse Prefecture in Tibet.[3]

Xu returned to Shanghai in 1997, and served as the general manager of Nong Gong Shang Group (农工商集团). Later, he served as Party branch chief and CEO. In 2003, Xu was appointed as director of Civil Affairs Bureau of Shanghai and director of Agriculture Committee of Shanghai in 2007. In 2008, Xu became the Party Committee Secretary of Pudong. He served as the head of the Shanghai CPC's propaganda department in 2013.[3][4]

In 2015, Xu served as the deputy head of the General Office of the Central Leading Group for Internet Security and Informatization,[5] and promoted to the head on June 29, 2016.[1] Xu is regarded as a political ally of Xi Jinping, the current party General Secretary and paramount leader,[1] and dubbed a “political star” by the 21st Century Business Herald (21世纪经济报道).[3]

In 2018, Xu was appointed as the director of the State Council Information Office. Xu is a member of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.[6]

In November 2020, Xu Lin, gave a speech in which he emphasized the need for the Chinese Communist Party to reinforce its control over commercial media ventures.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "China's powerful internet tsar steps aside as another of Xi Jinping's close allies to take over". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  2. ^ "上海团校上师大青年学院建校60年 韩正等发来贺信题词". 上海师范大学. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  3. ^ a b c "China's new top censor: A 'political star' rises". Hong Kong Free Press. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  4. ^ "董云虎任上海市委宣传部部长 看看前几任部长去哪儿了?". China News Service. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  5. ^ "上海市委原常委徐麟调任中央网信办副主任". ifeng.com. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  6. ^ "国务院任免国家工作人员(2018年8月21日)". MoHRSS.
  7. ^ "Xu Lin, Deputy Minister of the Central Propaganda Department: Resolutely prevent capital from manipulating public opinion". Guancha (in Chinese). November 19, 2020. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
Government offices
Preceded by
Jiang Jianguo
Director of the State Council Information Office
Party political offices
Preceded by
Du Jiahao
Communist Party Secretary of Pudong
Succeeded by
Shen Xiaoming