Zhang Gaoli

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

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, China's highest ruling council. Prior to his ascendancy to the pinnacle of political power in China, Zhang served as the CPC Tianjin Committee Secretary between 2007 and 2012, and the Party Secretary in the economic powerhouse of Shandong province between 2002 and 2007.

As Premier South–North Water Transfer Project, and food safety (Chinese: 国务院食品安全委员会).


  • Life and career 1
  • Trivia 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Zhang was born in Jinjiang, Fujian.[1] 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. Observers believed Zhang would become a member of the "fifth generation" of 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.[2]

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


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".


  1. ^ Cheng Li. "Zhang Gaoli 张高丽 One of China's Top Future Leaders to Watch".  
  2. ^ "Who’s Who in China’s New Government Leadership Lineup". Bloomberg. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 

External links

  • Xinhua: Zhang's Biography
Political offices
Preceded by
Li Chunting
Governor of Shandong
Succeeded by
Han Yuqun
Preceded by
Han Xikai
Chairperson of People's Congress of Shandong
Succeeded by
Li Jianguo
Preceded by
Li Keqiang
First-ranked Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
Party political offices
Preceded by
Wu Guanzheng
Provincial Committee Secretary of Shandong
Succeeded by
Li Jianguo
Preceded by
Zhang Lichang
Provincial Committee Secretary of Tianjin
Succeeded by
Sun Chunlan
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