Sheng Guangzu

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Sheng Guangzu
盛光祖
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Minister of Railways of the People's Republic of China
In office
25 February 2011 – 16 March 2013
Premier Wen Jiabao
Preceded by Liu Zhijun
Succeeded by post abolished
Personal details
Born Nanjing, Jiangsu
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Sheng.

Sheng Guangzu (Chinese: 盛光祖; pinyin: Shèng Guāngzǔ; born 1949) is the Party Chief and railway minister of the Ministry of Railways, replacing Liu Zhijun who is facing allegations of corruption.[1][2] He was formerly the head of the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China. He initially held several lower positions in the Ministry of Railways of the People's Republic of China, and then began to move up the ranks of the GAC starting in 2000.[3] Sheng was also a member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Born in April 1949 in Nanjing, he is a member of the China's majority Han ethnic group and holds a bachelors degree.[3]

While deputy governor of the Ministry of China Railway Communication, he supported the creation of China Netcom to compete with China Telecom.[4] He became a board member of China Netcom and the Ministry of Railways was given a quarter interest in the company.[4]

During his tenure, the Wenzhou train collision occurred on July 23, 2011, killing 40, and injuring 192 (12 severely). Maximum operating speeds for high speed trains have also been reduced with Sheng as Minister, mostly in the wake of the collision.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wong, Edward (12 February 2011). "China’s Railway Minister Loses Post in Corruption Inquiry". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Sui-Lee Wee; Huang Yan; Miral Fahmy (25 February 2011). "China railways minister dismissed -Xinhua". The Los Angeles Times. Reuters. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Leadership Resume". General Administration of Customs. 2008-04-01. Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  4. ^ a b Sheff, David. "Betting on Bandwidth". WIRED. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Liu Zhijun
Minister of Railways of the People's Republic of China
25 February 2011 – 16 March 2013
Succeeded by
The ministry is abolished