The WeChat official account of “Tianjin Daily” posted on May 28 that Zhang Gong was appointed to be a deputy secretary of the Municipal Party Committee in Tianjin.

According to China Personnel Database, Zhang Gong was born in August 1961 and has worked in Beijing for a long time. 

He worked as the director and deputy mayor of the Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Commission.

In addition, he served as the vice-chairman of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions and secretary of the secretariat in 2008.

Most recently, he was the State Administration for Market Regulation Director since 2020 before coming to Tianjin this year.

Besides, he is also an alternate member of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Generally, in China, a mayor will serve as the deputy secretary of the municipal party committee first.

And so, Zhang Gong is expected to be appointed as the mayor later by the National People’s Congress.

On the other hand, on May 28, pro-Beijing Hongkong media revealed that the Beijing authorities chose Zhang Gong to replace Liao GuoXun.

Liao GuoXun passed away on April 27 while serving as mayor of Tianjin.

Zhang Gong is appointed to Tianjin as the city’s economic situation faces severe difficulties.

According to the first-quarter GDP data on May 1, Tianjin’s growth rate was the lowest among 31 provinces at only 0.1%.

Meanwhile, Tianjin’s fiscal revenue for the first quarter had the most significant decline, down 19.4 percent from last year, leaving a general public budget revenue of 51.98 billion yuan (about 7.8 million dollars).

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