Cai Qi

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Cai Qi
Communist Party Secretary of Beijing
Assumed office
27 May 2017
DeputyChen Jining (mayor)
General secretaryXi Jinping
Preceded byGuo Jinlong
Mayor of Beijing
In office
31 October 2016 – 27 May 2017
(acting until 20 January 2017)
Party SecretaryGuo Jinlong
Preceded byWang Anshun
Succeeded byChen Jining
Mayor of Hangzhou
In office
April 2007 – February 2010
Preceded bySun Zhonghuan
Succeeded byShao Zhanwei
Head of the Organization Department of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee
In office
June 2010 – November 2013
Party SecretaryZhao Hongzhu
Xia Baolong
Preceded bySi Xinliang
Succeeded byHu Heping
President of the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Assumed office
June 9, 2017
LeaderThomas Bach
Preceded byGuo Jinlong
Succeeded byGiovanni Malagò
Personal details
Born (1955-12-05) December 5, 1955 (age 63)
Youxi County, Fujian, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materFujian Normal University

Cai Qi (Chinese: 蔡奇; pinyin: Cài Qí; born December 5, 1955) is a Chinese politician, the current Communist Party Secretary of Beijing, and a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China. Cai began his career in Fujian province. He has served successively as the mayor of Sanming, the mayor of Quzhou, the Communist Party Secretary of Taizhou, Zhejiang, and mayor of Hangzhou. Beginning in 2010 he served as the Executive Vice Governor of Zhejiang Province, and in 2014 was transferred to Beijing to serve as deputy director of the General Office serving the National Security Commission (rank equivalent of minister).[1][2]

Largely due to Cai's extensive experience working in Zhejiang province, he is believed to be a political ally of Party General Secretary Xi Jinping. Cai was also known for his extensive use of social media and his unorthodox approach to governance.[2]

Early career[edit]

Cai was born in Youxi County, Fujian province in December 5, 1955.[3] During the latter years of the Cultural Revolution he worked at a rural commune. He joined the Communist Party of China in 1975. Cai attended Fujian Normal University and graduated in 1978 with a degree in political economics. In the 1980s, Cai served in the General Office of the provincial party organization in Fujian province, gaining a series of rapid promotions. He worked as deputy chief of staff serving provincial leaders, including as secretary to the provincial party chief. Between 1994 and 1997, he pursued a master's degree in law at his alma mater.

In September 1996 Cai took on his first major role in local government as the deputy Party secretary and later mayor of the city of Sanming in Fujian province.[3] He was transferred to Zhejiang in May 1999 serving as the deputy Party Secretary and Mayor of Quzhou.[3] Between March 2002 and April 2004 Cai served as Quzhou's party secretary, the top political office of the city.[3] In April 2004 Cai became party chief of Taizhou, Zhejiang; at the time, Xi Jinping was the party chief of Zhejiang province.[3] In April 2007, Cai was promoted to the position Mayor of Hangzhou, the provincial capital, also serving as deputy Party Secretary.[3] In January 2010, he became a member of the provincial Party Standing Committee as head of the party's provincial Organization Department.[3]


In November 2013, Cai became the Executive Vice Governor of Zhejiang province. He made the announcement of his change in jobs on his microblog account.[4] In March 2014, Cai was said to have been transferred to Beijing to work as the deputy General Office chief of the National Security Commission, a body led by party General Secretary Xi Jinping, though no official announcement was made about this appointment. Given his Zhejiang work experience and his current position and seniority, Cai has been named as a member of the so-called "New Zhijiang Army", i.e., officials who at one point worked under Xi Jinping during his term as Zhejiang party chief.[5]

After his transfer to Beijing, Cai stopped updating his various social media accounts. The only indication of his whereabouts appeared in news footage at numerous "study sessions" of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, where he was shown seated next to other minister-level officials, suggesting that he was an official of full provincial-ministerial rank and working for the central party organization. It was later confirmed that he was serving as Deputy Director of the Office of the National Security Commission.[6]

In October 2016, Cai was appointed acting mayor of Beijing, replacing Wang Anshun; he was confirmed in January 2017.[6] In May 2017, Cai Qi was appointed party secretary of Beijing. Cai's appointment broke nearly all conventions in post-Cultural Revolution political tradition: he was neither a member nor alternate member of the Central Committee, and took on an office that would, under normal circumstances, be accorded Politburo membership. The move assured him a Politburo seat at the 19th Party Congress.[7]

Social media[edit]

Cai maintained a microblog (weibo) account under the subtitle "Cai Qi, a Bolshevik",[8] which has been active since May 2010. The account was initially opened under the name Qianshui (潜水; literally, "scuba diving"), but he was eventually 'outed' by internet users. The account is 'followed' by over ten million people; he used it regularly to communicate with ordinary internet users.[9] As a sub-provincial-level official, Cai was one of the highest-ranking officials to maintain a regular social media presence, though he has not updated his microblog feed since being called to work in Beijing.

During the 2012 National People's Congress, an incident occurred in which vicious dogs allegedly belonging to a state agency were said to be injuring people. After seeing news of the incident reported online, Cai immediately called the agency in question to ask for an explanation, then posted the results of his discussion on his microblog feed. Cai's role in resolving the issue earned him accolades online.[citation needed] On the evening of September 14, 2013, a mother of an ordinary government staffer working for the national revenue agency posted on her microblog feed that her son was expected to partake in heavy drinking with superiors on a regular basis as part of his work and that it was affecting his health. The mother pleaded for attention to the case by then Zhejiang party organization chief Cai Qi. A day later Cai responded to her asking which department her son worked at and vowed publicly "your son doesn't have to drink from now on."[10]


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  2. ^ a b "原浙江副省长蔡奇传调任国安委". South China Morning Post (Chinese). March 29, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g 蔡奇个人简历 (in Chinese). Hangzhou People's Government. July 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
  4. ^ "蔡奇任浙副省长仅4月即去职 拥有千万微博"粉丝"". 163. March 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "政坛新派系崛起 港媒盘点之江新军". Duowei News.
  6. ^ a b "Cai Qi Appointed Acting Mayor of Beijing". Caixin.
  7. ^ "蔡奇任北京市委书记 郭金龙不再兼任(图/简历)". 新华社.
  8. ^ "QQ Microblog, Cai Qi".
  9. ^ "港媒:大V官員蔡奇料入國安辦 出任專職副主任". Takungpao. March 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "母亲微博哀怨儿子陪酒伤身 蔡奇怒斥". Sohu. September 17, 2013.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
China Guo Jinlong
President of Organizing Committee for Winter Olympic Games
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by
Wang Anshun
Mayor of Beijing
Succeeded by
Chen Jining
Preceded by
Sun Zhonghuan
Mayor of Hangzhou
Succeeded by
Shao Zhanwei
Party political offices
Preceded by
Guo Jinlong
Communist Party Secretary of Beijing
Preceded by
Si Xinliang
Head of the Organization Department of Zhejiang province
Succeeded by
Hu Heping