|Head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China|
|General secretary||Xi Jinping|
|Preceded by||Li Yuanchao|
|Communist Party Secretary of Shaanxi|
March 2007 - November 2012
|Preceded by||Li Jianguo|
|Succeeded by||Zhao Zhengyong|
|Communist Party Secretary of Qinghai|
August 2003 - March 2007
|Preceded by||Su Rong|
|Succeeded by||Qiang Wei|
|Born||March 1957 (age 60)
Xining, Qinghai, China
|Political party||Communist Party of China|
|Relations||Zhao Leqin (brother),
Party chief of Guilin
|Alma mater||Peking University|
Zhao Leji (simplified Chinese: 赵乐际; traditional Chinese: 趙樂際; pinyin: Zhào Lèjì; born March 1957) is a Chinese politician and former regional official. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, a member of the Central Committee Secretariat, and a member of the economic reform 'steering committee' known as Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms.
Zhao currently serves as the head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China. He was previously the Party Committee Secretary of Qinghai, and the Party Committee Secretary of Shaanxi.
Zhao Leji was born in Xining, Qinghai province. His parents were from Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The family moved to Qinghai as part of the aid the frontiers programs of the Mao years. During the later years of the Cultural Revolution, Zhao went to the countryside to perform manual labour on a commune. After working there for about a year, Zhao returned to the city to become a communications assistant at the Commerce Department of Qinghai province.
Zhao joined the Communist Party in 1975 and entered Peking University in 1977 as a gongnongbing student; he studied philosophy there until January 1980. He then spent three years teaching at the Qinghai School of Commerce and overseeing the Communist Youth League wing of the provincial department of commerce. In 1985, he was transferred to a Qinghai-based metal products company to be its party chief. In April 1986, he became deputy head of the provincial department of commerce.
Zhao entered the provincial government in 1993, becoming part of the inner circle of then Qinghai party chief Yin Kesheng. He was then elevated to vice-governor, then Communist Party Secretary of his hometown Xining. He acceded to the post of governor in 1999 at age 42, becoming the youngest provincial governor in the country at the time. Having 'jumped' several levels in a short period of time, Zhao's upward trajectory began to slow by the turn of the century. Zhao became party chief of Qinghai in 2003 after having spent nearly five years in the Governor's office. Part of his inability to move to a more economically prosperous and more politically visible province was attributed to his Shaanxi background. He spoke in Shaanxi dialect even at government meetings.
Zhao's tenure in Qinghai was marked by rapid economic growth, and a tripling of the province's GDP from the time he took office as Governor to when he left as party chief in 2007. It was said that Zhao took a relatively soft approach on ethnic minority issues and took on environmentally conscious investment projects. His achievements in Qinghai were lauded by the party's central leadership.
In 2007, Zhao was transferred to become party chief in his parents' home province of Shaanxi, having taken on the top jobs in both his 'native' province and the province of his birth, breaking an unspoken rule in the Communist Party that party chiefs should never hail from the province they are native to. This was seen as an indication of the trust shown to Zhao by the central leadership. In 2008, Shaanxi's GDP growth figures hit 15%, becoming one of only two provincial-level divisions to set sights on GDP growth rates of over 13%. In Shaanxi, Zhao oversaw the expansion and development of the Tianshui-Hanzhong economic belt.
After the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in November 2012, he was appointed member of the Politburo and head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China.
- "新任中共组织部长赵乐际的背景". Boxun via Zhou Yahui. November 16, 2012.
- "Zhao Leji appointed head of CPC Organization Department". Xinhua. 2012-11-19.
|Governor of Qinghai
|Party political offices|
|Communist Party Secretary of Qinghai
|Communist Party Secretary of Shaanxi
|Head of the Central Organization Department