I thought you might be interesting in reading the biographies of the young Chinese political leaders who are arriving in the United States Sunday for a visit which will include Springfield, Chicago and Crystal Lake. Prior to coming to Illinois, they will be in Washington, D.C. After Illinois, they will visit New Mexico.
One, Mr. QI Bin, holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, among other degrees. He is Research Center Director, China Securities Regulatory Commission, described as the commission’s “think tank.” Before returning to Chicago he worked for Goldman Sachs. He is the only one who appears to have been in Illinois previously.
All have impressive credentials.
Mr. YANG Yue, President, All-China Youth Federation
Honorary Head of the Delegation
Mr. Yang has been the President of the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) since early 2006. He oversees the daily work of the federation and is mainly responsible for the domestic work of ACYF. He served as Vice President of ACYF from 2001 to 2005. From late 1999 to 2001, he served as the Vice Mayor of the Tongzhou District of Beijing Municipality. He served as President of the Youth Federation of Tsinghua University until 1999. Before that, he was Deputy Director of the Student Work Department of Tsinghua University from 1995 to 1997. During his time at Tsinghua University, one of the top universities in China, Mr. Yang was President of the All-China Students’ Federation (1990-1995). He received a Doctorate of Nanotechnology from the university in 1996.
Mr. Yang visited the western coast of the United States in 1998 while working at Qinghua University.
Established in 1949, the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) is a federative body of Chinese youth organizations and young leaders nationwide. Through its 52 member organizations and over 77,000 individual members at all levels, the ACYF reaches over 300 million young people across China. Besides its commitment to national development and world peace, the ACYF aims to represent and protect the legitimate rights and interests of young people and promote youth participation and development. It runs programs and activities in the following fields: education and training, voluntary service, development of new countryside, environmental protection, protection of rights and interests, innovation and employment, youth culture, international exchanges and cooperation and exchange programs with Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Due to its significant contributions to youth and society, the ACYF was granted the Human Resources Development Award by UNESCAP in 1999, the World Youth Award by UN in 2000 and the Earth Award by UNEP in 2004.
Ms. LI Hui
President, Hunan Provincial Youth Federation
Head of the Delegation
Ms. Li assumed the office of President of the Hunan Provincial Youth Federation in 2006. The Youth Federation involves young political leaders, entrepreneurs, scholars and students and provides services to local young people through various activities. Prior to this position, she was the President of the Youth Federation of Changsha City, the capital of central China’s Hunan province, and then vice president of the provincial youth federation. She visited the US in 1999 and then spent six months on a training course at University of Baltimore from December 2003 to June 2004.
Ms. Li received her bachelor’s degree from Hunan Normal College in 1991, a master’s degree in management from Hunan University in 1996, and is a doctorate-candidate of Hunan University.
Mr. QI Bin
Research Center Director, China Securities Regulatory Commission
Mr. Qi is the Director-General of the Research Center, the think-tank of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). Prior to his current position, Mr. Qi was a Deputy Director of the Fund Supervision Department of CSRC for five years, supervising the mutual fund industry and qualified foreign institutional investors (QFIIs) in the Chinese capital market.
Mr. Qi joined CSRC in 2000 as a member of its Strategy and Planning Committee. In 2002, he had the responsibility of initiating and supervising the overhaul of China’s fund industry, which then underwent 10-fold growth within 5 years. Before joining CSRC in 2000, Mr. Qi was a partner of a New York-based venture capital firm. He also worked with Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Paribas Capital Market in New York and London.
Mr. Qi holds a Ph. D. in Economics from Tsinghua University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and an MS in Biophysics from the University of Rochester. From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Qi lectured physics at Tsinghua University, where he received his BS in physics.
Mr. XIAO Chuanjiang
Deputy Chief of Staff, People’s Government of Tibet Autonomous Region
Mr. Xiao has been the deputy Chief of Staff of the People’s Government of Tibet Autonomous Region since 2005. Prior to this position, he worked as Division Chief of the General Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Tibet Autonomous Region from 1998 to 2005. He also worked at the Tibetan Academy of Sciences between 1990 and 1998 as a scholar focused on macro-economic development.
Mr. Xiao received his Bachelor’s degree from Hubei University majoring in mathematics, and obtained a master’s degree in humane geography from South Western Normal University in 2001.
Ms. LIN Qing
Vice President, Chinese Association of Young Township Entrepreneurs
Ms. Lin has been with the Chinese Association of Young Township Entrepreneurs since 2005. Chinese Association of Young Township Entrepreneurs, established in 1988, is the national mass organization of directors and managers from domestic village and township enterprises. Before serving in her present capacity, Ms. Lin worked her way up from Program Officer to Division Chief of the Youth Federation in Eastern China’s Shandong province.
She has both a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in history from Shandong University.
Ms. WU Xu
Vice Mayor, People’s Government of Ya’an City, Sichuan Province
Ms. Xu has been serving as Vice Mayor of Ya’an city since 2006. Before that, she worked as Vice Magistrate of Da’an district of Zigong City in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, and was then promoted to Vice President of Sichuan Provincial Youth Federation in 2000.
Ms. Xu obtained her bachelor’s degree in economics from Sichuan Normal University in 1997 and an MPA from Nanyang Technological University in 2006.
Mr. SHENG Xitai
Member of Standing Committee of ACYF
President, United Securities Co., Ltd.
Mr. Sheng currently holds the office of President and Board Chairman of the United Securities Co., Ltd. His previous experience includes serving as Vice General Manager of Jun’an Securities Co. Ltd, Minsheng Capital Management Co. Ltd and Tiantong Securities. In 1997, he joined the United Securities Co., Ltd first as General Manager of the Department of Banking Investment and then was promoted to be Vice President in 2000.
He got his EMBA from Beijing University in 2005, and master’s degree in accounting from Nankai University in 1993.