Yu Zhengsheng

Born in 1945, Zhejiang native Yu Zhengsheng graduated from Harbin's Military Engineering Institute specializing in the design of automated missiles. Yu was mayor of Qingdao and Yantai in his early political career.  His brother Yu Qiangsheng defected to the US in 1985, dealing a heavy blow to Yu's political career. Yu became Minister of Construction in 1998, became a Politburo member in 2002, and Shanghai party chief in 2007.  He was promoted to the Communist Party's top body, the 7-member Politburo Standing Commitee, during the 18th Party Congress in November 2012. 

CPPCC chair heads Xinjiang, Tibet affairs groups

Yu Zhengsheng

The chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Yu Zhengsheng, has been put in charge of ethnic and religious issues in the troubled Xinjiang and Tibet autonomous regions, giving him more clout than his predecessors.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 4:37am

Warning over city becoming 'politicised'

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

A state leader warned yesterday that Hong Kong has become "politicised" over many issues, and that it's hurting the city economically and socially. Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, was addressing 28 key members of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

14 May 2013 - 5:03am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, April 9, 2013

Restaurants can help cut food waste. Photo: SCMP

I refer to the report ("Expert accused of twisting facts on voting rights", April 1). Maria Tam Wai-chu may have had a momentary slip of the mind when she said that Article 25(b) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights did not cover the right to stand for election.

9 Apr 2013 - 3:36am 5 comments

City's politicians play tough game of 'pass the message'

Politburo Standing Committee member Yu Zhengsheng

As mainland officials rarely comment publicly on the city's issues under the "one country, two systems" principle, the central government's messages to the administration are often delivered behind closed doors. As a result, the media has to rely heavily on the messenger - usually a pro-establishment figure - to shed light on Beijing's views on Hong Kong matters.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 3 comments

Message within CPPCC chairman's remarks bears a reminder

Yu Zhensheng. Photo: Simon Song

Reading between the lines was a technique Western analysts used to find out what the Soviet Union was really up to during the Cold War when there was a dearth of reliable information.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Who said it?

Yu Zhengsheng

We need to more strictly follow the socialist path of political development with Chinese characteristics.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

Western-style reform not on agenda, says CPPCC chief Yu Zhengsheng

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC, addresses the advisory body yesterday. Photo: Simon Song

China's new top political adviser has urged members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference to reject "impetuous and extremist attitudes" in political ideas and said the ruling Communist Party would explore its own political path and shun reform based on Western models.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Defector’s brother Yu Zhengsheng made chairman of CPPCC

Yu Zhengsheng presides over the opening meeting of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

A senior Chinese politician whose brother defected to the US in a major spy scandal was on Monday elected as chairman of the country’s highest-profile advisory organisation, state media reported.

12 Mar 2013 - 1:01am

Flagging up fears over threat to Hong Kong's autonomy

Protestors wave Hong Kong colonial flags outside Sheung Shui MTR station.

Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, recently denounced Hong Kong activists who waved colonial flags during protests, and warned that "opposition" and "centrifugal forces" would not be allowed to rule the city after universal suffrage was introduced.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am 4 comments

Activists hit back against Beijing leader's comments

Yu Zhengsheng's words have offended some. Photo: Xinhua

The city's activists say comments by a state leader who denounced them for waving colonial flags infringed their freedom of speech and could stir further conflict. Hong Kong Autonomy Movement spokesman Vincent Lau hit back yesterday after Yu Zhengsheng, a Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member, was quoted as saying that "the Chinese people will not accept some Hongkongers waving the colonial flag".

8 Mar 2013 - 5:19am 2 comments

Patriotic appeal states the obvious

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

For some in Hong Kong, the truth can be hard to swallow. State officials have several times over the past week reiterated a long-standing dictum that whoever leads our city has to be able to work with Beijing. Their comments have rekindled a debate that raged nine years ago over patriotism and the criteria for choosing our chief executive and lawmakers.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:48am 1 comment

Displays of Hong Kong's colonial flag offend Beijing

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee - and tipped to be the next chairman of the nation's top advisory body - is the first high-level mainland official to address controversies involving Hong Kong.


7 Mar 2013 - 9:28am 45 comments

Naming new leading officials will complete the transition of power

Illustration: Henry Wong

The annual sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference starting next week will not only formalise the transition of power to the fifth generation of leaders, but decide who will be filling most vacancies among leading officials.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am

Baidu chief Robin Li among rich and famous taking their place at top table

Yu Zhengsheng is in line to be named chairman of the CPPCC. Photo: Xinhua

Robin Li, Baidu chairman and the mainland's third-richest man, and Yu Zhengsheng, No 4 in the Communist Party hierarchy, were named to the country's top political advisory body yesterday as a new generation of leaders prepares for power.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:48am 2 comments

Seven men who rule a billion

Politburo Standing Committee

Who is Xi Jinping? Although he has finally risen to the supreme office in the world's most populous nation and second-largest economic power, Xi Jinping remains an enigmatic cipher - even to many of his fellow Communist Party apparatchiks.

16 Nov 2012 - 11:26am