Han Zheng was 48 when first named mayor of Shanghai in 2003, the youngest person to hold the post in 50 years. He is strongly tipped to become the city's party chief and a Politburo member having successfully overseen Shanghai's hosting of the World Expo in 2010, its rise as the world's busiest container port and the current strides it is making towards becoming the top renminbi trading, clearing and pricing centre by 2015. However, his lack of experience outside Shanghai might hinder his chances of becoming a member of the Politburo.
Mayor of ShanghaiMonday, 29 October, 2012, 10:00am
Most of the time, Shanghai just means business, but the city has also played some significant political roles in contemporary Chinese history. The Sino-US Shanghai Communiqué was signed there in 1972, marking a new chapter in ties for the two big nations.31 Mar 2014 - 8:13am 1 comment
Shanghai civil servants have their fingers crossed in anticipation that they could finally get a pay rise if municipal party boss Yu Zhengsheng moves on after a possible promotion at the Communist Party's upcoming 18th national congress.20 Oct 2012 - 10:46am 1 comment
Han Zheng was 48 when first named mayor of Shanghai in 2003, the youngest person to hold the post in 50 years.1 Oct 2012 - 2:51pm 1 comment
The trial of former Shanghai party secretary Chen Liangyu has begun, his lawyer said yesterday, in one of the mainland's most high-profile corruption cases.
'Chen Liangyu's case went to trial yesterday [Tuesday], but there was no verdict. I don't know when there will be a judgment,' his lawyer, Gao Zicheng , said.27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
Shanghai's government will seek public opinion on the route for an extension of its maglev train line, the city's mayor said yesterday as he warned residents to express themselves through legal means following massive protests last month.1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am
Shanghai leader vows to listen to public opinion on major infrastructure projects
Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng pledged yesterday to take public opinion into account for major projects, following massive protests earlier this month against an extension of the high-speed maglev train line.25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
A scandal involving misuse of pension funds had smeared Shanghai's image, highlighting the need for better institutions as the city seeks to become an international financial and trade centre, Mayor Han Zheng said yesterday.25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
Shanghai's political landscape is changing, as more officials from outside the city take up government posts following a corruption scandal that came to light in 2006.23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
Shanghai party chief Yu Zhengsheng has denied overseas reports that mayor Han Zheng would leave his job in the financial hub and become party secretary for Anhui province .13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
Han Zheng's transfer is seen as face-saver after pensions scandal
Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng will quit his job in the mainland's financial hub and be transferred to become the Communist Party secretary in Anhui province, according to sources.6 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
Shanghai would sacrifice economic growth rather than neglect the environment in its quest to be a sustainable city, mayor Han Zheng said yesterday.
The strong commitment on conservation and environmental protection was made one day after a reshuffle of the city's leadership.29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
With the promotion of Xi Jinping to the top echelon of power, Shanghai, the mainland's commercial capital, will have its fourth leader in a little more than a year, renewing worries about instability in the wake of a massive corruption case.23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
Shanghai's legislature has formally dismissed the city's former party secretary, Chen Liangyu, as a delegate to the national legislature, Caijing magazine said yesterday, in a signal the disgraced leader is moving closer to criminal prosecution.26 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
Shanghai has detained a former construction official for alleged corruption, the second official in a week implicated on suspicion of illegal property dealings, a media report said.13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am