On January 17th, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress accepted Yang Xiong (杨雄)’s resignation from his position as Shanghai Mayor during the annual session of the Shanghai People’s Congress. According to reports, Yang is rumored to be joining the National People’s Congress of China (NPC), China’s top legislative body.
During the session, Yin Yicui (殷一璀), the Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the Shanghai People’s Congress, highlighted Yang’s effort in pushing forward the Shanghai’s “four centers” plan, the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) program, and accelerating the transformation of government functions, among others.
Yang, 64, was appointed as mayor of Shanghai in 2013 and served as the vice mayor of Shanghai from 2003 to 2012. He previously served as president of Shanghai Airlines until February 2001, after which he assumed the job of deputy secretary-general of Shanghai Municipality. Yang also has experience in state-owned investment companies as well as government institutions for development planning and economic studies. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.