Wu Bangguo

Wu has been chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee and secretary of its Leading Party Members’ Group since 2008, and was the country’s vice-premier between 1997 and 2003. The 71-year-old from Anhui became Shanghai party boss in 1991, the city where much of his power base lies. Wu is a Tsinghua University graduate with a degree in engineering. He was a member of the Politburo’s standing committee between 2002 and 2012. 


Wu Bangguo: Pushing ahead with a raft of new laws

His election into the powerful Politburo standing committee five years ago was seen as the outcome of a balancing act, but Wu Bangguo has since stood firm, surviving the fall of the Shanghai faction.

Tuesday, 23 October, 2007, 12:00am

Media is taking us into dangerous terrain

Recently, many people have asked me, in private, why Beijing has suddenly become so hawkish. When pressed for proof, they always quote chairman of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo , who said on June 6 that Hong Kong's 'high degree of autonomy is not intrinsic, but is authorised by the central government.

10 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

A harsh reminder of the political reality

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has acted swiftly to allay fears about Hong Kong's autonomy in the wake of remarks by National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo at a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Basic Law's implementation.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

NPC chief had elections in mind, Basic Law panellist confirms

Comments this week by the National People's Congress chairman about the limits to Hong Kong's autonomy were directed at the question of universal suffrage, says one of the Basic Law Committee members who heard Wu Bangguo speak in Beijing on Wednesday.

9 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Basic Law 'misunderstood in HK'

National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo's reminder about the limits to Hong Kong's autonomy would help guide the upcoming debate on the city's constitutional reform and clear up misunderstandings among some Hong Kong people, a mainland drafter of the Basic Law says.

8 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

NPC warns on HK autonomy

City only has the powers laid down in Basic Law, says Wu Bangguo

The head of the National People's Congress has issued an unambiguous reminder to Hong Kong over the limits to its power: it only has as much autonomy as already laid down by Beijing.

7 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

A corporate beauty pageant for foreign investors

Shark fin soup on the menu at a conference dedicated to sustainability and relaxed Australian former prime minister Bob Hawke crooning Waltzing Matilda at a Mengniu Dairy cocktail hour, the Boao Forum on Asia is still grappling for an identity.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Policy plaudits

NPC chairman Wu Bangguo is applauded after delivering his annual report yesterday. Mr Wu said the National People's Congress would make medical reform one of its major tasks this year.

He said the NPC Standing Committee would continue introducing legislation, including new directives related to the Labour Contract Law, Employment Promotion Law and the Social Security Law.

12 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

NPC Briefs

space delegate maps out big future for programme

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

NPC chief has wise words for Shanghai

National People's Congress Chairman Wu Bangguo has urged Shanghai to take a lead in 'science and innovation' and pay greater attention to 'social harmony'.

Mr Wu, who has just ended a five-day inspection tour of the city, also reminded Shanghai leaders to vigorously enforce environmental protection regulations and veto any projects that might pose a threat to the environment.

24 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Lawyers accused of Basic Law shortcomings

The insistence of Hong Kong lawyers that it was inappropriate for the mainland's top legislature to interpret the Basic Law reflected their lack of understanding of the mini-constitution, a state leader claimed yesterday.

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Law boosts anti-graft audit powers

The National People's Congress Standing Committee passed revised legislation yesterday in an attempt to strengthen auditors' powers and rein in corruption.

It also ratified a United Nations treaty aimed at restricting terrorist funding as it concluded its 20th session.

1 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Huang Ju's absence continues

Vice-Premier Huang Ju was conspicuously absent from a key Communist Party leaders' seminar on rural reform yesterday.

Official media reports said Mr Huang was the only Politburo Standing Committee member who did not take part in the high-level Central Party School seminar for provincial and central government ministers on the building of a 'new socialist countryside'.

15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Need to know

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Chief justice promises to combat crime

Death penalty may be restricted to higher courts

11 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Wu Bangguo: Shanghai connection has helped his rise

Wu Bangguo can thank his 30-year relationship with Shanghai for making him one of China's nine most powerful politicians.

16 Nov 2002 - 12:00am