19 Facts About Bayanqolu


Bayanqolu is a Chinese politician of Mongol ethnicity.


Bayanqolu served as the Communist Party Secretary of Jilin Province from 2014 to 2020 and the Governor of Jilin from 2012 to 2014; Bayanqolu was, at the time of his appointment, the only ethnic-minority official serving as a provincial-level Party Secretary.


Bayanqolu attended Inner Mongolia Normal University and University of Jinan, where he obtained a master's degree in economics.


Bayanqolu rose through the ranks of the Communist Youth League in the 1990s before being transferred to work in Zhejiang as vice governor, then as Ningbo party chief.


Bayanqolu's name is a combination of the Mongolian word bayan, and the word qolu ; however he is normally called simply "Bayin" in Mandarin by his friends and colleagues.


Bayanqolu began working in 1976 and joined the Communist Party of China in the same year.


Bayanqolu's involvement with the party began when he was a mere 20 years old.

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Bayanqolu became the Deputy Secretary of the Communist Youth League of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in 1991, and Secretary in 1992, ascending to a department level rank at a mere 36 years of age, the youngest official of that rank in Inner Mongolia at the time.


At the Youth League, Bayanqolu worked under the leadership of Li Keqiang and Zhou Qiang.


From 1994 to 1997, Bayanqolu enrolled in the postgraduate program at the Economics Management Department of University of Jinan in Shandong province.


In spite of his "ethnic" background, Bayanqolu, known locally as "Bayin Secretary", frequently bantered with local journalists, sometimes using words in the local dialect.


In December 2012, Bayanqolu was appointed acting Governor of Jilin, succeeding Wang Rulin, who was promoted to party chief of the province.


Bayanqolu was officially confirmed as Governor by the Jilin Provincial Congress in January 2013.


When Jilin party chief Wang Rulin was parachuted to Shanxi to oversee 'reconstruction' following a massive province-wide anti-corruption crackdown, Bayanqolu was given to nod to replace Wang as Jilin party chief.


At the time Bayanqolu assumed office as party chief of Jilin, he became the only ethnic-minority party chief of a Chinese province.


Bayanqolu carried with him the unique resume of having served as party chief, governor, People's Congress chair, and Consultative Conference Chair all within a period of less than five years.


Additionally, given his Zhejiang experience, Bayanqolu was generally considered to be an associate of Xi Jinping, and was expected to take on even higher office.


Bayanqolu was an alternate member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.


Bayanqolu is a full member of the 18th and 19th Central Committees.