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Sichuan Announces Personnel Change in Shifang
Summary:Li Zhuo will take over from Li Chengjin as party secretary of Shifang – site of the protests earlier this summer over a planned copper refinery. After the protests, Li Chengjin’s authority was diminished when Zuo Zheng,vice-mayor of Deyang, came in to be the top official.

Oct 19, 2012

Translated by Zhu Na

The Sichuan Provincial Party Committee Organization Department recently announced that Li Zhuo (李卓) will be appointed party secretary of Shifang City replacing Li Chengjin (李成金). It wasn’t announced what Li’s new post will be.

Shifang is a county-level city in Sichuan under the municipal administration of Deyang. It grabbed headlines this past summer after public protests involving thousands of people prompted the government to halt construction on a copper refinery. Li Chengjin was the target of many protestors.

On July 5 this year, in light of the Shifang incident,  Zuo Zheng (左正), a member of the Deyang Municipal Standing Committee and vice-mayor of Deyang, was sent to Shifang to be the party’s top official there. Li Chengjin, acting party secretary at the time, stayed on to assist him. On Oct 9, Sichuan announced that Zuo had been nominated for the vice-mayor post in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.

Li Chengjin,49, worked in a local state-owned enterprise in Sichuan and economic and trade fields in Deyang city at the beginning of his political career. In 2005, he was appointed as acting mayor of Shifang, and was appointed party secretary of the city in 2009.

Li Zhuo, 42, is currently serving as the director and party secretary of Deyang City Economic and Technological Development Zone Administration Committee. Before that he worked in Shifang for seven years and has served as vice-mayor and mayor of the city. In 2011, he was transferred to his current position.

Links and Sources
Nanfang Metropolis Daily - 四川什邡市委书记将换人
Economic Observer - Protests Halt Copper Refinery
China Daily - New top Party official named for city


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