Zhang Gaoli

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhang.
Zhang Gaoli
张高丽
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First-ranked Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 March 2013
Premier Li Keqiang
Preceded by Li Keqiang
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 67–68)
Jinjiang, Fujian
Political party Communist Party
Alma mater Xiamen University
Zhang Gaoli
Traditional Chinese 張高麗
Simplified Chinese

Zhang Gaoli (born November 1946) is the current first-ranked Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China and a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China. He was previously CPC Tianjin Committee Secretary until November 2012 and was the Party Secretary in the economic sprawl of Shandong province until March 2007.

Life and career[edit]

Zhang was born in Jinjiang, Fujian. He joined the CPC in November 1973, and he is an economist by profession. He was educated at Xiamen University in Xiamen from 1965 to 1970.

From 1997 to 2002 he held prominent leadership positions in the special economic zone of Shenzhen and the provincial government of Guangdong, and was instrumental in the economic development of region. An economic thinker, Zhang was then entrusted with the economic development of Shandong, where he was the first-in-charge CPC Shandong Committee Secretary.

Before the 17th Party Congress the central leadership moved Zhang in a provincial leadership reshuffle to lead the coastal city of Tianjin. He is believed to be an emerging member of the fifth generation of Chinese leadership.

At the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, he was elected to the 18th Politburo Standing Committee.

On 15 March 2013, he was appointed first vice premier to the cabinet led by premier Li Keqiang.[1]

Mr. Zhang is not only a noted economist, inside the Politburo he is also the main specialist for issues on Korean peninsula. He is fluent in Korean after studying two years in North Korea.

Trivia[edit]

Figuratively and well aptly Zhang's first name 高丽, pronounced "Gaoli" in mandarin and "Goryo" in Korean, refers to the unified Goryo Kingdom, which is the home of Korean culture and is the root of the contemporary name for "Korea".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who’s Who in China’s New Government Leadership Lineup". Bloomberg. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Li Chunting
Governor of Shandong
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Han Yuqun
Preceded by
Han Xikai
Chairperson of People's Congress of Shandong
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Li Jianguo
Preceded by
Li Keqiang
First-ranked Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
2013–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Wu Guanzheng
Provincial Committee Secretary of Shandong
2002–2007
Succeeded by
Li Jianguo
Preceded by
Zhang Lichang
Provincial Committee Secretary of Tianjin
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Sun Chunlan