Xu Guangchun

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Xu Guangchun (Chinese: 徐光春; pinyin: Xú Guāngchūn; born November 1944) is a retired Chinese politician who served as the Communist Party Secretary of Henan province between 2004 and 2009.

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Xu Guangchun was born in Shaoxing, Zhejiang in November, 1944. Before he graduated from high school he went to work for the Hangzhou Daily newspaper as a reporter. He graduated from the Journalism Department of Renmin University of China in 1969 and joined the Communist Party of China in 1973. During this time he continued to work for local military publications, beginning in 1972 with the Anhui Production and Construction Corps, where he served as a reporter for Corps Soldiers Newspaper. In 1975 he began a seven-year stint with Xinhua News Agency's Anhui bureau. Seven years later he joined the Chinese Photographers Association and later chaired the Anhui Photojournalist Society. He was named to head Xinhua's Shanghai bureau in 1985, and the Beijing bureau in 1988.

In 1984 he held his first public office. Xu became the Secretary of the CPC Henan Committee in 2004, and inherited a Henan bureaucracy that underwent restructuring under Li Keqiang. During his term, he largely continued on Li's general policy direction. Xu was a member of the 16th and 17th CPC Central Committees.

He has been chosen to host high-level foreign delegations, including an August, 2009 visit to Zhengzhou by seven lieutenant governors from Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Dakota and Puerto Rico.

Xu was very active in journalist circles in China and has published a variety of books, including the Practical Manual for Amateur Photography, which was awarded the national Golden Key Award. He is married to Han Wufeng.

Xu left office as party chief of Henan in 2009, after having reached the typical retirement age for provincial-level officials of 65. He went on to sit on the National People's Congress Financial and Economic Affairs Committee until 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Li Keqiang
Secretary of the CPC Henan Committee
2004–2009
Succeeded by
Lu Zhangong
Preceded by
Li Keqiang
Chairman of Henan People's Congress
2005–2010
Succeeded by
Lu Zhangong