- Yu Youjun
Yu Youjun (zh-stp|s=于幼军|t=于幼軍|p=Yú Yòujūn; born January,
1953) is a mainland Chinese politician and former governor of Shanxiprovince.
A native of
Feng County, Jiangsu, Yu has previously worked in Guangdongas district governors in the city of Guangzhou, as well as propaganda chief of the provincial propaganda department. He joined the Communist Party of Chinain June 1976.
He came to prominence as the Mayor of
Shenzhen, China's first and arguably most successful Special Economic Zone, in 2000. His performance led to his promotion to Vice Governor of Hunanprovince in 2003.
In 2005 he was promoted again to become Governor of the coal-rich province of Shanxi. During his time in Shanxi, he undertook several key initiatives including the closure of several thousand illegal coal mines and the improvement of environment. He came onto the international spotlight following the
2007 Chinese slave scandalinvolving children and migrant workers who were forced to work in kilns. He publicly apologized for the mishap, a rare occurence in China, and held himself accountable.
Yu resigned as governor on September 3 2007 as part of a wider Party reshuffle and is currently the Party Secretary of the
Ministry of Culture. [zh [http://www.hkcna.hk/doc/2008/2008-03-17/36816.shtml 楊潔篪等27內閣成員脫穎而出 於幼軍突落選受關注] ]
* [http://news.xinhuanet.com/ziliao/2006-01/16/content_4055843.htm Yu's official biography]
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