Sheng Guangzu

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Sheng Guangzu
Genenal Manager of China Railway Corporation
In office
14 March 2013 – 9 October 2016
Succeeded byLu Dongfu
Minister of Railways of the People's Republic of China
In office
25 February 2011 – 14 March 2013
PremierWen Jiabao
Preceded byLiu Zhijun
Succeeded bypost abolished
Personal details
BornNanjing, Jiangsu

Sheng Guangzu (Chinese: 盛光祖; pinyin: Shèng Guāngzǔ; born 1949) was the last Chinese Minister of Railways before the position was abolished in March 2013, and the first Genenal Manager of China Railway Corporation. 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, and moved up the ranks starting in 2000.[1] 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 bachelor's degree.[1]

While deputy governor of the Ministry of China Railway Communication, he supported the creation of China Netcom to compete with China Telecom.[2] He became a board member of China Netcom and the Ministry of Railways was given a quarter interest in the company.[2]

Sheng replaced his predecessor Liu Zhijun who was dismissed for corruption.[3][4] During his tenure, the Wenzhou train collision occurred on July 23, 2011, killing 40, and injuring 192 (12 severely).[5]

Sheng retired in October 2016. He was replaced by Lu Dongfu, as the first director of the National Railways Administration (NRA).[6] In November 2016, he was appointed as Vice-Chairperson of the National People's Congress Financial and Economic Affairs Committee.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Leadership Resume". General Administration of Customs. 2008-04-01. Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  2. ^ a b Sheff, David. "Betting on Bandwidth". WIRED. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  3. ^ Wong, Edward (12 February 2011). "China's Railway Minister Loses Post in Corruption Inquiry". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  4. ^ Sui-Lee Wee; Huang Yan; Miral Fahmy (25 February 2011). "China railways minister dismissed -Xinhua". The Los Angeles Times. Reuters. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  5. ^ "忆"七二三"动车事故:当时高铁中国梦达顶峰" (in Chinese). NetEase. 2013-07-24. Archived from the original on 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  6. ^ (2016-09-10). "陆东福任中铁总总经理 盛光祖退休". Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  7. ^ "盛光祖任全国人大财经委副主任委员". Xinhua. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
Government offices
Preceded by
Mou Xinsheng
Minister of the General Administration of Customs
Succeeded by
Yu Guangzhou
Preceded by
Liu Zhijun
Minister of Railways
February 2011 – March 2013
Ministry abolished
Business positions
New title Genenal Manager of China Railway Corporation
March 2013 – October 2016
Succeeded by
Lu Dongfu