Xu Qin (Chinese: 许勤; born October 1961) is a Chinese politician, and the current Governor of Hebei. Previously he had served as mayor, then party chief of Shenzhen, China's most prominent special economic zone.
|Governor of Hebei|
|Assumed office |
April 7, 2017
|Leader||Zhao Kezhi (Party secretary)|
|Preceded by||Zhang Qingwei|
|Communist Party Secretary of Shenzhen|
December 30, 2016 – April 1, 2017
|Preceded by||Ma Xingrui|
|Succeeded by||Wang Weizhong|
|Mayor of Shenzhen|
June 2010 – April 2017
|Preceded by||Wang Rong (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Chen Rugui|
|Born||October 1961 (age 57)|
Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China
|Political party||Communist Party of China|
|Alma mater||Beijing Institute of Technology|
Guanghua School of Management
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Xu Qin was born in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, in 1961. He was admitted to the Beijing Institute of Technology in October 1978 to study photoelectric engineering. After graduating in 1982, he was assigned by the state to Factory 559 (later part of Norinco), a military contractor, to conduct scientific research with military applications. He returned to BIT two years later to study for a master's degree. In 1987, after obtaining his master's, he joined the National Planning Commission (the antecedent of the National Development and Reform Commission), embarking on a career as a public servant with technical skills.
Xu worked for the next twenty years in the economic planning system, supporting state-run industries related to electrical mechanics. In 2001, he entered the Guanghua School of Management to obtain an MBA. In 2003, he began overseeing high-tech planning as part of the National Development and Reform Commission. In 2004 he received a doctorate from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
In April 2008, he was transferred to the Special Economic Zone of Shenzhen to become executive vice mayor. In June 2010, he was named Mayor of Shenzhen. Xu was mayor during the 2015 Shenzhen landslide, an industrial accident later deemed to have been caused by human factors. He apologized on behalf of the government for the incident, bowing to the public to acknowledge his responsibility. On December 31, 2016, after Ma Xingrui was moved to the post of Governor of Guangdong, Xu was named party chief of Shenzhen. He served as party chief and mayor for a few months simultaneously.
In April 2017, Xu was transferred to Hebei as deputy party chief and governor-designate, duly was confirmed as Governor of Hebei by the provincial People's Congress on April 26, 2017. He will oversee the planning of the Xiong'an New Area and integration of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei economic area.
|Party political offices|
| Communist Party Secretary of Shenzhen
| Governor of Hebei
| Mayor of Shenzhen