Zhang Ping (politician)

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Zhang Ping
11th Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission
In office
March 2008 – 16 March 2013
Premier Wen Jiabao
Preceded by Ma Kai
Succeeded by Xu Shaoshi
Personal details
Born (1946-01-01) 1 January 1946 (age 71)
Xiao County, Anhui, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Anhui School of Banking

Zhang Ping (Chinese: 张平; born 1 January 1946) served as chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, a prominent department within the State Council of the People's Republic of China. Prior to his current position, he served as deputy secretary general of the State Council from 2006 to 2008.


Zhang was born in Xiao County, Anhui Province in January 1946. He graduated from the Anhui School of Banking with a concentration in credit and loans in 1966. He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in August 1979. and studied briefly at the Anhui provincial CCP school (1980–1981).

After graduation, Zhang began his career in finance, working first as accountant at the Chaoxian branch of the People's Bank of China in Anhui. He rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the branch's general manager, before joining Chao County government in 1981. Through the 1980s, he held various positions in the county and provincial governments, as well as in the nearby city of Wuhu, working mainly in economic- and planning-related positions. In 1992, he was named acting mayor of Wuhu and was made full mayor the following year.

Zhang was elevated to provincial-level positions in 1995 and, thereafter, held various high-level positions in Anhui, including assistant governor (1995–1996), vice governor (1996–1999), and deputy secretary of the CCP's Anhui Provincial Committee (1999–present). In January 2006, he was appointed secretary general of the State Council. In March 2008, he replaced Ma Kai as director of NDRC.

Zhang served as an alternate member of the 16th CCP Central Committee (2002–2007) and was named a full member of the 17th Central Committee (2007–2012) in October 2007.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Ma Kai
Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission
Succeeded by
Xu Shaoshi