Xu Lin has been appointed minister of the State Council Information Office, replacing Jiang Jianguo, according to a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on August 21.
He was previously the head of the Cyberspace Administration of China.
A Shanghai native, Xu started his career at a middle school in the city in 1982. He became director of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau in 2003, and served as head of the Publicity Department of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) from 2013 to 2015. Xu was appointed vice minister of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, head of the Cyberspace Administration of China and head of the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs in June 2016.