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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.

Xu Qin
Governor of Hebei
Assumed office
April 7, 2017
LeaderZhao Kezhi (Party secretary)
Preceded byZhang Qingwei
Communist Party Secretary of Shenzhen
In office
December 30, 2016 – April 1, 2017
Preceded byMa Xingrui
Succeeded byWang Weizhong
Mayor of Shenzhen
In office
June 2010 – April 2017
Preceded byWang Rong (acting)
Succeeded byChen Rugui
Personal details
BornOctober 1961 (age 57)
Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materBeijing 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.[1]

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.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[5]


  1. ^ 深圳新市长许勤简历
  2. ^ 新浪网:刘玉浦当选深圳市人大主任 许勤当选市长
  3. ^ "深圳市政府工作报告 (2014年1月23日 许勤)". 中国经济网. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  4. ^ "许勤任广东省委常委、深圳市委书记". 澎湃新闻. 2016-12-30. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  5. ^ "深圳市委书记许勤调任河北省委副书记 张庆伟不再担任". 凤凰网. 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2017-04-01.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Ma Xingrui
Communist Party Secretary of Shenzhen
Succeeded by
Wang Weizhong
Political offices
Preceded by
Zhang Qingwei
Governor of Hebei
Preceded by
Wang Rong
Mayor of Shenzhen
Succeeded by
Chen Rugui