27-Year-Old Tsinghua Graduate Appointed Fujian Deputy Mayor

Li Shijun, a 27-year-old Tsinghua University graduate has been appointed Deputy Mayor of Longhai city in Fujian province, sparking suspicious by Chinese netizens.


From NetEase:

27-Year-Old Tsinghua Graduate Appointed Deputy Mayor of Fujian Province Longhai City

Southeast Web September 25th report — On September 22nd, the Longhai city government website published a list of people who would be new members of the municipal government leadership. On the list, the newly-appointed Cai Sanshe would be a member of the Longhai City Party Committee and day-to-day Deputy Mayor, while Li Shijun would be the Deputy Mayor. This reporter saw that Li Shijun was from Jiangsu province Nantong city, born 1987, is 27 years old this year, had graduated with a doctorate in Biology from the College of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University, joined the Chinese Communist Party in 2006 December, and began working in 2014 August. As it is understood, Li Shijun is was recruited to Longhai city under Fujian province’s “Recommended Student Policy” [a government policy that recruits top students from top universities for government assignments], and is presently in charge of the science and technology field, with a term of two years.

Comments from NetEase:

网易辽宁省大连市网友 ip:116.3.*.*

Young and promising, who is your father?

网易山东省济南市网友 ip:123.233.*.*

Tsinghua and PKU has graduates who are Deputy Mayors and those who raise pigs. Seems like reincarnation does require skill after all.

hanjiangxue1 [网易中国网友]:

A 27-year-old Deputy Mayor. Whoever is behind him sure is powerful.

民主自由公平 [网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友]:

The look of a corrupt official.

结满地瓜的石榴树 [网易北京市网友]:

I just want to meekly ask: What is the basis for a 27-year-old Tsinghua graduate being appointed the Deputy Mayor of Fujian province’s Longhai city? What qualifications does he have to be made Deputy Mayor? What work skills and experience? Appointed under what organizational procedures? Does his limited two-year term mean he is considered a “temporary worker“?

崬苝荖莰 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

This person definitely doesn’t have any connections or background, and definitely an outstanding talent, a talent picked out from millions across the land, and definitely capable of leading the people to riches and happiness.

撸管没 [网易广东省梅州市网友]:

Lanxiang is no worse than Tsinghua.

tommead2 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Two new “all’s”: All leaders are corrupt; all leaders lie.

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  • Terrik

    “This person definitely doesn’t have any connections or background, and definitely an outstanding talent, a talent picked out from millions across the land, and definitely capable of leading the people to riches and happiness.”

    You could fill a pool with, and swim in all the sarcasm in this post. Love it.

    • firebert5

      Might not be safe to swim in. It might rub off on you!

  • Alright who did he fuck

    • Irvin

      Who fucked him?

  • CIA

    This fat baby face Chinese guy will be swimming in pussy wish I was him.

    • SongYii


    • Irvin

      We all once swam in pussies too, then they shut dongguan down…………

      • SongYii

        whores are still plentiful around here

  • lacompacida

    How much did he pay for this position ? Who paid for it ? Who took the money ? Who gave the position ? Who approved the appointment ? Who covered it up ?

  • SongYii

    who should they choose? a farmer? a street sweeper?

    • Ken Morgan

      Nope what needs to happen is something similar to the journey man scheme or professional development schemes outside Asia. Accounting, law, engineering, plumbing, electricians etc all have such schemes.

      Where rather than hire directly for the position they hire 10-20 or more graduates at a low level. These individuals are exposed to different parts of the business and rotated around so they get plenty of experience. They work with the staff already there to learn. Over time people drop out while those who do well are promoted and a few years later end up equipped with experience of how the company works to be able to take a senior position.


      Junior -> general staff accountant -> associate accountant -> semi senior -> senior accountant -> junior partner -> partner -> senior partner.

      Having somebody dropped right into a position WITHOUT experiencing and knowing the ins and outs of the company functions is bad news as they have unrealistic views of companies how they work and limited experience on how things really work. It is very similar to the wealth dies in 3 generations rule. The grand father worked hard to build the business, the son helped and therefore knows how to run the business. The grandson at 18 knows nothing, he is rich at 18 he gets a company car and company credit card, company gets run into the ground.

      • SongYii

        what are talking about? this isnt business, its government. chinese government.

        • Ken Morgan

          Really? if you notice a lot of prior CCP leaders worked in normal everyday jobs joining the CCP and slowly climbing the ladder.

          This 27 year old short cut this entire process.

      • ClausRasmussen

        For crying out loud: This is a deputy position. With responsibility for science and technology. In some insignificant Chinese city no one’s ever heard about outside of China…

        Cut the man some slack. He is obviously a bright guy the party can afford taking a chance with. It is not like he didn’t have plenty of possibilities in private sector with his resume so they offered him a nice position to entice him

        If they only hire people that have worked their way up the ladder, they’ll also only hire people that have thrived in and benefitted from a system in dire need of reform and thus unlikely to change it

    • jon9521

      Well someone with more than one months experience..

  • Merohedral

    It looks like, he published one first author paper in the journal
    Biomacromolecules… http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bm500669s
    Which is kind of a nice journal for his subspecialty of biology, and it’s quite an achievement.
    The Party likes to give nice positions to successful intellectuals, this
    way they know they will support the CCP and never rebel…

  • Stefan

    Why does all Chinese men have this ugly haircut?

    • ClausRasmussen

      He has “porcupine hair”, hair growing radial to the skull.

      The only other haircut that works is wearing it long as the girls do. It looks great if done right but I don’t think China is ready for long haired officials

  • ClausRasmussen

    Sometimes (but only sometimes) I think the same lol

    But to be fair, there is equally amount of crap to be found on the internet in democratic countries. A little scary when you think about it…

  • SimpsonsGoldenAge

    God he’s ugly

  • Markus P

    If he got in on his own accord, then i support the decision, Young blood within the government could be a good thing, new ways of thinking, not just people aged 50+ stuck in their old ways…

  • iLcOrNaLiTo

    in Biology…how does that make you Mayor material??

  • Feng Gai

    He looks like a kiddie toucher

  • Zappa Frank

    is your post intentional or not intentional?