|Premier of Xiaodong|
|Assumed office |
19th November 2016
|Preceded by||Yuan Xiannian|
|Minister of International Relations|
30thAugust 2005 – 19th November 2016
|Prime Minister||Yuan Xiannian|
|Preceded by||Qin Baoming|
|Succeeded by||Xu Bangguo|
|Born||April 23, 1955|
|Alma mater||University of Baiqiao|
- This is a Xiaodongese name; the family name is Xi (夕).
Xi Yao-tong (Xiaodongese: 夕瑶棠; born 23rd April 1955) is a Xiaodongese politician who has been the Premier of Xiaodong since 2016. He was previously Vice-Premier of Xiaodong from 2005-2016 and Governor of the Nanqing province from 2000 to 2005.
Born in 1950 Xi grew up in a working class family. Xi served as a career bureaucrat within the Xiaodongese Broadcasting Network until 1990 when he was promoted to the Chief of Staff to the office of Han Guanzheng. Xi was able to ascend through the ranks of the government during the 1990's where he was connected to prominent reformists such as Jiang Zhongyu, Xu Yunshan and Han Guanzheng, being appointed Governor of Nanqing in 2000.
In 2005 he became Minster of International Relations in the government of Jiang Zhongyu and Yuan Xiannian. As International Relations Minister he became closely allied with Premier Yuan Xiannian and played a core role in promoting shifts in Xiaodongese foreign policy to a more assertive role in south Coius and relying on the International Forum for Developing States to project Xiaodongese influence.
In 2016 following the resignation of Yuan Xiannian as premier after replacing Jiang Zhongyu as State Chairman Xi became Premier over vice-premier Jiang Shaohong. He has largely focused on international relations during his tenure.
Xi has been identified with the relatively hardline Yuan Xiannian throughout his career, combing economic modernisation with nationalism. Xi has consistently been associated with advocacy for focusing on a balanced approach to economic growth and social welfare and creating a modern, mixed-market economy focused on technology and fostering innovation. He has also been a strong advocate for south–south cooperation and has placed more emphasis on ties with developing countries through the International Forum for Developing States. Xi has been described as "one of Xiaodong's foremost political operators" despite his career as a technocrat due to his "ruthless pragmatism, and has been identified as the Xiaodongese regime's chief foreign policy operator.
Early life and career
Xi Yao-tong was born in 1955 in the city of Baiqiao in a working class family of dock workers’, the first of four children. He grew up in the dock workers’ district in Baiqiao which was notable at the time for extreme poverty and disease. Xi was able to get an adequate primary education before at the age of 12 being sent to be a runner at the docks, but nevertheless continued to attend school. He was able to pass selective exams at the age of 17 to enter higher education which enabled him to attend university albeit on a loan from the government.
Xi attended the University of Baiqiao where he studied chemistry. Whilst at the University of Baiqiao Xi met his future wife Deng Fulan. Xi graduated from the University of Baiqiao in 1977 and subsequently went to work for the Xiaodongese Broadcasting Network.
Xi has been identified as being a moderate, being less authoritarian and anti-Senrian than his predecessor Yuan Xiannian. Xi has called himself a pragmatist who is "only concerned with the welfare of Xiaodong and the Xiaodongese people".
However some political commentators have accused Xi of being a populist who has "shifted his views based on the situation". Xiaodongese political scientist Hu Guxiang has stated "Xi has few fixed principles. His ideological flexibility means he can convince nationalists, socialists and liberals that he is one their side. Hu stated however that his record generally points him as being in favour of centralising power within the regime whilst using propaganda as a tool for legitimisation rather then force.
Xi has been called as the Xiaodongese regime's chief ideologist and crucial in shaping Xiaodongese politics into managed democracy.
Xi has held contradictory positions in regards to historical revisionism. In 2002, Xi stated that "there is no proof Xiaodong conducted a genocide, or indeed any form of mass killing, in the 1930's in Senria." However in 2007 following several comments by Yuan Xiannian over the genocide that were widely seen as denying its existence, Xi stated "whilst not supporting the idea that there was a policy of genocide - there wasn't - there were some instances of mass killing by rogue units under the command of Qiu Hanjie. We recognise these mass killings as a tragedy and will continue to recognise that fact".
In 2013, Xi called the Senrian-Xiaodongese War "an issue of history...historical acts of aggression by Senria will not impact current Xiaodongese policy".
Xi has been a prominent proponent to a more balanced model of Xiaodongese development, believing that Xiaodong as a nation must be "as concerned for the social welfare of the Xiaodongese people as economic growth", stating social welfare entails "a sense of nationhood and that Xiaodongese people are an undivided people". Xi says however that social welfare must not disrupt entrepreneurship and the aspirational potential of the Xiaodongese people.
Xi has been married three times. He married his first wife, Xie Shaogong, in 1976 at the age of 20. Xie had been a childhood friend and together they had one child, a boy called Xi Wancang who was born in 1978. However, the relationship did not last with Xie divorcing Xi in 1984. In 1985 Xi married Jiang Liewen, a colleague of his at the Xiaodongese Mining Confederation. The two had two children together, a boy named Xi Chusheng and a girl named Xi Mei, born in 1989 and 1992 respectively. Personal differences however meant in 1994 the relationship broke down with the two divorcing that year.
In 1994 shortly after his divorce he married Deng Fulan, who had been his principal private secretary for a little over three years. Since marrying Deng Xi has had three more children, two girls named Xi Chen and Xi Xun, and a boy named Xi Junzhuo, who were born in 1996, 1998 and 2003 respectively. Xi is said to pay a "substantial amount" of money to his former wives and other children.
Xi has since his days in the Xiaodongese Broadcasting Network has close links with the Xiaodong business community, and has within government been seen as a representative for the coal lobby. This has been criticised as being corrupt, as Xi has been recorded to have a large amount of wealth that outstrips his ministerial salary. Xi refuses to disclose his tax returns and has never commented on his wealth. In 2012 when asked about the question he said he had received "personal gifts" from business leaders but that these were due to "myself being personal friends with such leaders...I have spent my entire life battling corruption". Template:First Ministers of Xiaodong Template:Xiaodong Regeneration Society