On January 20th, Ying Yong (应勇) was named Shanghai Mayor during the annual session of the Shanghai People’s Congress. He served as the city’s Deputy Party Secretary since late 2014, and was elected as Shanghai’s Deputy Mayor in September 2016 where he was responsible for reform and development, finance and tax, among others. Mr. Ying assumed the Mayor’s post on Friday following the resignation of former Mayor Yang Xiong. Mr. Ying worked closely with President Xi when Xi was serving as Party Secretary of Zhejiang Province. Mr. Ying relocated to Shanghai in late 2007 after President Xi became the Party Secretary of Shanghai.
Mr. Ying, 59, who joined the Communist Party of China in 1979, has spent most of his career in neighboring Zhejiang province. He has served primarily in legal and public security posts throughout his 37-year career in government. Mr. Ying has served as the Deputy Director-General of the Zhejiang Provincial Public Security Department, and as the President of Supreme People’s Court in both Shanghai and Zhejiang, among other posts. Mr. Ying also holds a master’s degree in law from Zhejiang University. Please find his full bio by clicking here.
At a press conference on Friday, Mr. Ying took questions on topics such as the city’s housing markets, Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone financial reform, and other issues. Fully confident about the city‘s economic development, he said that the target for GDP growth in 2017 is set at 6.5%, which is “positive and appropriate,” and “of course, requires a lot of effort.”