A science scholar has been appointed as the new deputy director of the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China’s State Council has announced.

Tan Tieniu, 52, will take on the newly created role of seventh deputy director, adding to the existing six. He was previously the vice-president of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Tan Tieniu
Tan Tieniu. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Tan’s appointment may have been effective as early as Thursday, though it was only announced on Friday. A group of scholars from the Huaqiao University of the Fujian Province visited the Liaison Office on Thursday and were received by Tan, who was already named as deputy director.

Tan’s profile has yet to be published on the Liaison Office’s website.

Chinese Liaison Office building in Sai Wan hong kong
Chinese Liaison Office. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Tan graduated from the Xi’an Jiaotong University and obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London. He taught at the University of Reading before returning to China in 1998 to work at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was appointed vice-president at the Academy in October last year.

On Tuesday, the State Council announced personnel changes at the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office. Song Zhe and Huang Liuquan were promoted to deputy directors and Zhou Bo was removed from his post as deputy director, just a week after greeting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Beijing during his annual duty visit.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.