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Han Zheng

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.

Han Zheng

Han Zheng

Mayor of Shanghai

Monday, 29 October, 2012, 10:00am

Hong Kong lawmakers need Shanghai trip to face up to social issues

Shanghai is definitely not what it used to be in the eyes of its people.

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 hope for raise if 'stingy' Party chief gets promotion

Civil servants in Shanghai secretly blame Yu Zhengsheng for keeping a tight grip on finances to burnish his image for Beijing. Photo: CNS

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

Shanghai mayor Han Zheng at the crossroads

Shanghai mayor Han Zheng at the crossroads

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

Disgraced Shanghai party boss goes on trial

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

Public to be consulted over maglev train route

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

People's voices will be heard, says mayor

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

Learn from past mistakes, warns Shanghai mayor

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

Mayor Han's job on line amid moves to bust 'Shanghai Gang'

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

'No change of guard' in Shanghai

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

Shanghai mayor tipped to quit for Anhui party post

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 mayor puts the environment before growth

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

Another star graduate of the Shanghai school

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

Ex-Shanghai party chief loses delegate status

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

Ex-official probed for corruption

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