At the First Plenary Session of the CCP’s 20th National Congress led by Xi Jinping, Li Qiang, the current Secretary of the Shanghai Party Committee, became the “No. 2” figure of the Chinese regime. Li Qiang once promoted the strict lockdown of Shanghai city, causing public discontent.
The news that Li Qiang will succeed Li Keqiang as China’s premier in March of next year attracted attention from the outside world. At the same time, Li Qiang’s ancestral home in Ruian, Wenzhou, also thanks to Li Qiang’s reputation, attracted many visitors.
A recently circulating video shows that on the morning of October 24, several groups of local tourists from Ruian visited Li Qiang’s ancestral home. More than a dozen people gathered around a dilapidated house in a rural area.
The man filming the video said in Wenzhou’s Ruian dialect: “This is Li Qiang’s hometown; here is an old house of his family. Today a lot of people came to visit this place.”
Xia Yeliang, a freelance economist and former professor at Beijing University, tweeted on the evening of October 24, “It is expected that local officials will soon use the sweat and tears of taxpayers to repair the ancestral house of the new prime minister for free. Then, if he fails in his political career, they will intentionally destroy his ancestral home. The Chinese people’s thinking habits have not changed for over 100 years.”
Zheng Haochang, a current affairs commentator in the United States, told The Epoch Times that the CCP’s authoritarian regime has one characteristic, “Once a person becomes the top leader at the central level, everything related to this person becomes places to exploit fame, and the ancestral home is one of them.”
Zheng Haochang said: “Although Li Qiang lost his reputation due to the Shanghai lockdown, today he is sitting in the prime minister’s chair, the power of the position is immediately apparent. Since his hometown is not Shanghai, for the Zhejiang locals, they don’t feel any hatred towards him.”
Li Qiang is 63 years old this year. In his youth, he worked in an agricultural machinery factory in his hometown of Ruian. After passing the university entrance exam, he studied at Zhejiang Province Agricultural Technical School in 1978. In 2002, he served as party secretary of Wenzhou. In 2004, he was appointed chief Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee. The incumbent provincial party secretary was Xi Jinping … Since then, Li Qiang has been continuously promoted to the governor of Zhejiang province.
In June 2016, Li Qiang was appointed party secretary of Jiangsu province, a province with a more developed economy. After the CCP’s 19th National Congress in 2017, he was promoted to the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, becoming a member of the “Xi group.” After that, he held the position of Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee.
Regarding the issue of Li Qiang becoming the “No. 2” figure of the Chinese government this time, Bloomberg quoted analysts as saying that “the quality of economic policy could decline.”