Li Xi
李希
Li in 2022
Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
Assumed office
23 October 2022
DeputyLiu Jinguo (First-ranked)
General SecretaryXi Jinping
Preceded byZhao Leji
Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong
In office
28 October 2017 – 28 October 2022
DeputyMa Xingrui (Governor)
Wang Weizhong
General SecretaryXi Jinping
Preceded byHu Chunhua
Succeeded byHuang Kunming
Communist Party Secretary of Liaoning
In office
4 May 2015 – 28 October 2017
DeputyChen Qiufa (Governor)
General SecretaryXi Jinping
Preceded byWang Min
Succeeded byChen Qiufa
Governor of Liaoning
In office
5 May 2014 – 8 May 2015
Acting: 5 May 2014 – 17 October 2014
Party SecretaryWang Min
Preceded byChen Zhenggao
Succeeded byChen Qiufa
Personal details
BornOctober 1956 (age 67)
Liangdang County, Gansu, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
Alma materNorthwest Normal University

Li Xi (Chinese: 李希; pinyin: Lǐ Xī; born October 1956) is a Chinese politician who is the current secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the seventh-ranking member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

Li spent much of his career in northwestern China, and served as the party secretary of the revolutionary base of Yan'an. He then served as the deputy party secretary of Shanghai, then Governor of Liaoning province, then promoted to party secretary. From 2017 to 2022, he was the Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong province and a member of the 19th Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party.

Early life

Li Xi was born in October 1956 in Liangdang County, Gansu province. He joined the work force in July 1975 and became a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in January 1982. He graduated from Northwest Normal University.

Political career

He started his career working as an ordinary functionary in the provincial propaganda department of the Gansu party organization. He worked in multiple positions in Gansu, including Party Secretary of Xigu District of the provincial capital Lanzhou, Deputy Party Secretary of Lanzhou, and Party secretary of Zhangye prefecture.[1]

In 2006, Li became the Party secretary of Yan'an in neighbouring Shaanxi province. Yan'an is of special significance to the Communist Party as it is the site of Mao's revolutionary base after the end of the Long March. In 2011, he was transferred to Shanghai to serve as the Director of the municipality's Organization Department, and later Deputy Party secretary. On May 5, 2014, he was transferred again to Liaoning province in Northeast China, and was appointed Acting Governor and Deputy Party secretary of the province, replacing outgoing governor Chen Zhenggao.[2][3] He was confirmed by the provincial legislature as Governor later that year and served as governor until May 8, 2015.[4][5] On May 4, 2015, he succeeded Wang Min as Communist Party Secretary of Liaoning, becoming first-in-charge of the province.[6]

At the 19th Party Congress, Li Xi was named a member of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party. On October 28, 2017, shortly after the party congress, Li was transferred to take over the politically important southern province of Guangdong from Hu Chunhua as provincial party secretary.[7] Following his ascension to the Politburo Standing Committee, Li was succeeded by Huang Kunming on October 28, 2022, as the Party Secretary of Guangdong.[8]

In October 2022, following the first plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Committee, Li was appointed to the 20th Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.[9] Li is considered a confidante of Xi Jinping.[10][11]

Li was an alternate member of the 17th and the 18th Central Committees of the Chinese Communist Party, served as a full member of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, and currently serves as a full member of the 20th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.[2]

References

  1. ^ 李希同志简历 [Biography of Li Xi] (in Chinese). People's Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
  2. ^ a b "Li Xi". China Vitae. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  3. ^ "李希任辽宁省代省长 陈政高辞省长职务". May 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "李希当选辽宁省省长". October 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "陈求发任辽宁省代省长". May 8, 2015.
  6. ^ 李希出任辽宁省委书记 65岁王珉不再担任. Tencent. May 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "广东召开全省领导干部会议,中央决定:李希兼任广东省委书记". Southcn. October 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "广东省委主要负责同志职务调整 黄坤明兼任广东省委书记". October 28, 2022.
  9. ^ "Communique of the first plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Committee". www.gov.cn. Retrieved 23 October 2022.
  10. ^ Cheng, Li. "Li Xi" (PDF). Brookings Institution. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ Chang, Agnes; Wang, Vivian; Qian, Isabelle; Li, Ang (2022-10-28). "What Happened to Hu Jintao?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-10-28.
Party political offices Preceded byZhao Leji Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection 2022–present Incumbent Preceded byHu Chunhua Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong 2017–2022 Succeeded byHuang Kunming Preceded byWang Min Communist Party Secretary of Liaoning 2015–2017 Succeeded byChen Qiufa Preceded byYin Yicui Deputy Party Secretary of Shanghai 2013–2014 Succeeded byYing Yong Government offices Preceded byChen Zhenggao Governor of Liaoning Province 2014–2015 Succeeded byChen Qiufa