Han Zheng

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Han Zheng
韩正
Han Zheng.jpg
Communist Party Secretary of Shanghai
Assumed office
20 November 2012
Deputy Yang Xiong (mayor)
Ying Yong
Preceded by Yu Zhengsheng
In office
24 September 2006 – 24 March 2007
Preceded by Chen Liangyu
Succeeded by Xi Jinping
Mayor of Shanghai
In office
24 March 2007 – 26 December 2012
Preceded by Chen Liangyu
Succeeded by Yang Xiong
Personal details
Born April 1954 (age 61)
Shanghai, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater East China Normal University
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Han.

Han Zheng (Chinese: 韩正; pinyin: Hán Zhèng; born April 1954) is a Chinese politician, the Communist Party Secretary of Shanghai, and a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China. He served as Mayor of Shanghai between 2003 and 2012 and briefly acted as Party Secretary between 2006 and 2007 when his predecessor Chen Liangyu was removed from power. In November 2012 he was promoted to become the Party Secretary of Shanghai, the top political post in the city.[1] Han was once considered a member of the Shanghai clique.

Early career[edit]

He was born in Shanghai, but traces his ancestry to Cixi, in neighbouring Zhejiang province.[2] He began work as a labourer at a warehouse in the latter years of the Cultural Revolution. He joined the Communist Party of China in 1979. He then worked at a chemical equipment company in an administrative role. Beginning in 1986, Han began working as a senior administrator at the municipal chemical engineering college, then worked as party chief at the Shanghai Rubber Shoe Factory. By 1988, Han oversaw the party organization at the Shanghai Greater China Rubber Shoe Factory, and was praised by then Shanghai mayor Zhu Rongji.[3]

In June 1990, Han officially entered the Communist Youth League organization of Shanghai, and would rise to become its deputy secretary in charge of day-to-day work, then elevated to secretary (head) in 1991. In November 1992 he was named governor of Luwan District. During his tenure in the district, Han spearheaded the Huaihai Road revitalization initiative, transforming the street to a glamorous shopping destination. Han also focused on fixing the ecology of the district and expanding its green spaces. He then obtained a Master's Degree from East China Normal University and earned the title of senior economist.[4]

Han joined the CPC Central Committee in 2002. In 2003 he was named the Mayor of Shanghai at age 48, the youngest Mayor the city has seen in fifty years. A vocal advocate of the Shanghai real estate boom, Han has a largely positive image with the Shanghai citizenry for his openness and transparency. However, because he served under Chen Liangyu, the CPC Shanghai Secretary at the time, Han supported many of Chen's policies, notably those favouring Shanghai's regional development, in contrast to a more balanced approach favoured by the national leadership.

Leading Shanghai[edit]

On 25 September 2006, Han became the acting Communist Party Chief of Shanghai after the dismissal of Chen Liangyu over corruption probes during the Shanghai pension scandal. With what were believed to be stern messages sent by Party general secretary Hu Jintao, Han led a municipal task force to crack down on the corruption in Shanghai, and has since then been believed to be a Hu loyalist. His tenure as the number one figure in Shanghai lasted a mere five months, when on 24 March 2007, he was replaced by Xi Jinping, Party Chief of the neighbouring province of Zhejiang who later became the top leader of China. Han proved to be a 'political survivor' however, having served under party chiefs Chen Liangyu, Xi Jinping, and Yu Zhengsheng in the Mayor's office.

Han was longlisted for the 2008 World Mayor award. Han became the CPC Committee Secretary of Shanghai in November 2012, and also gained a seat on the 18th Politburo of the Communist Party of China.

Han is one of only a small handful of top provincial-level leaders who was born in the jurisdiction in which they serve. Han was born, raised, and spent his entire career in Shanghai.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 韩正辞去上海市市长职务 杨雄任上海市代市长. Eastday (in Chinese). 26 December 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "韩正同志简历". 新华网. 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  3. ^ Xu Yanyan (August 14, 2013). "韩正回忆朱镕基下工厂:第一句话就是批评". 一财网. 
  4. ^ "Biography of Han Zheng". China Vitae. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Chen Liangyu
Mayor of Shanghai
2003—2012
Succeeded by
Yang Xiong
Party political offices
Preceded by
Yu Zhengsheng
CPC Shanghai Committee Secretary
2012—
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Chen Liangyu
CPC Shanghai Committee Secretary, acting
2006—2007
Succeeded by
Xi Jinping