Ding Xuexiang
丁薛祥
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Director of the General Office of the Chinese Communist Party
Assumed office
15 November 2017
DeputyChen Shiju
Meng Xiangfeng
General SecretaryXi Jinping
Preceded byLi Zhanshu
Director of the Office of the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party
Assumed office
May 2013
General SecretaryXi Jinping
Preceded byChen Shiju
Personal details
Born (1962-09-13) 13 September 1962 (age 60)
Nantong, Jiangsu, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
Alma mater

Ding Xuexiang (Chinese: 丁薛祥; pinyin: Dīng Xuēxiáng; born 13 September 1962) is a Chinese politician and the sixth-ranked member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. As the director of the General Office of the CCP, Ding serves as an important political aide of Xi Jinping, current General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Ding served on Xi's staff beginning in Shanghai, then followed him to Beijing. He is also a member of the 19th Party Politburo, and a Secretary of the Party Secretariat.[1][2]

Early life and education

Ding Xuexiang was born in Nantong, Jiangsu province, on 13 September 1962. He graduated from the Northeast Heavy Machinery Institute in Qinghuangdao, later renamed Yanshan University, in 1982 with a degree in engineering. Ding Xuexiang got his first job at the Shanghai Research Institute of Materials (SRIM) from 1982 to 1999, and joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1984.[3] Ding Xuexiang received a master's degree in public administration from Fudan University's School of Management in 1993.[4] At the Shanghai Research Institute of Materials, Ding advanced rapidly through various research, administrative, and party positions.

Political career

Ding's rise to the Politburo was achieved primarily by climbing the ranks of the party.[4] Ding moved into politics after obtaining his first cadre position, as the Deputy Director of the Shanghai Municipal Science & Technology Commission, in 1999.[5] Throughout his tenure at the SRIM, he attained leadership roles in propaganda, organization, general office, politics, and legal affairs, gaining valuable experience in all said fields. He moved up the ranks of the party apparatus in Shanghai, finishing off his time in the city as Secretary of the Political and Legal Committee of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee in 2013.[6] He would first be elected to the Central Committee as an alternate member at the 18th Party Congress in 2012.

Politburo and Secretariat

Ding joined the Politburo and the Secretariat of the CCP in October 2017, as the director of the CCP General Office, and remained his post of the CCP General Secretary's office director (chief of staff). Following the first plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Committee in October 2022, Ding was elevated to the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.[7]

References

  1. ^ "China Vitae : Biography of Ding Xuexiang". www.chinavitae.com.
  2. ^ "1st Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the CPC (Chinese)". Xinhua News Agency. Archived from the original on 2017-10-25.
  3. ^ "Ding Xuexiang" (PDF). brookings.edu. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  4. ^ a b Kenderdine, Tristan. "Xi Loyalist Ding Xuexiang Could Benefit From Factional Infighting". thediplomat.com. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  5. ^ Wong, Edward (30 September 2015). "The 'Gatekeeper' in Xi Jinping's Inner Circle". New York Times. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  6. ^ Xinhua. "Ding Xuexiang -- Member of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee". China Daily. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Communique of the first plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Committee". www.gov.cn. Retrieved 23 October 2022.
Party political offices Preceded byChen Shiju Director of the Office of the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party 2013–present Incumbent Preceded byLi Zhanshu Director of the General Office of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party 2017–present