CHINA - Dai Haibo, deputy chief of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone's management committee, has been removed from his post because of alleged disciplinary violations, State media reported on Monday.
The Xinhua News Agency said that Dai "no longer serves as the Communist Party chief and executive deputy director of the administrative committee" of the FTZ.
The 52-year-old will remain deputy secretary-general of the Shanghai municipal government, Xinhua said. The report did not disclose the reason for Dai's removal from the FTZ post or other details.
The administrative committee could not be reached for comment. Dai has served as the deputy head of the Shanghai FTZ and was in charge of daily operations in the pilot zone since its official launch in September 2013.
The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post on Monday quoted five unidentified sources, including Shanghai government officials, as saying that Dai was suspected of disciplinary violations.
Observers said the concerns over Dai might be related to positions that he held before his FTZ role. "The Shanghai FTZ was under the spotlight of the entire country and the entire world. A rational man will not try to misbehave in the FTZ," the Economic Observer quoted an unidentified municipal government official as saying.
Dai's official resume showed that prior to his job at the FTZ, he served as the head of the State-owned developer Zhangjiang Group Co Ltd and as a senior official in the Pudong New Area government.
His most recent public appearance was at a port conference on Friday, but Dai's title as FTZ deputy chief was not used, which suggested that he had already been removed at that point.