The political shuffling within the Chinese Communist Party continues: Ying Yong, Party Secretary in the province of Hubei province, has resigned from his post “for reasons of age,” state officials announced. Ying, a Xi Jinping loyalist, turns 65 this year, reaching the usual retirement age for provincial officials. His resignation came as a surprise to many, as he had long been considered a potential candidate for higher positions. Ying, former mayor of Shanghai, had been appointed Party chief of Hubei at the height of the Covid outbreak. The virus first appeared in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei. He will now be succeeded by Wang Menghui, who was previously China’s minister of housing and urban-rural development.
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