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The Mayor of Beijing is the highest-ranking official in the People's Government of Beijing. Since Beijing is a centrally administered municipality, the mayor occupies the same level in the order of precedence as provincial governors. However, in the city's dual party-government governing system, the mayor has less power than the Beijing Communist Party of China Municipal Committee Secretary.
The position of Beijing Municipal Committee Secretary (Chinese: 北京市委书记) has always had its share of national prestige and exposure. It is now de facto standard for the Secretary to be a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, the country's top ruling organ. Because of Beijing's position as the national capital, the Secretary is also involved in major decision making of national events. Xie Fuzhi, whose term lasted from 1967 to 1972, had significant influence over the national government during the Cultural Revolution. Chen Xitong's (term 1992-95) influence was considered a threat to the Shanghai clique that he was forcibly removed from the position and tried for corruption. When the PRC celebrated its 50th Anniversary it was Jia Qinglin (term 1997-2002) who presided over the festivities. Liu Qi (term 2002–present) was the chair of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), and spoke at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the games.
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