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. 

Transparency calls at China congress face tough road

Officials give no road map for improving transparency in China, which has no laws that clearly require government officials to disclose their assets or salaries. Photo: AP

Pledges for more transparency by top Chinese Communist officials made after high-profile graft cases have been met with scepticism that corrupt leaders can come clean over their assets.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Shanghai party boss Yu Zhengsheng open to assets scrutiny

Yu Zhensheng, party chief of Shanghai, is expected to join the Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing's power transition. Photo: Simon Song

Shanghai party chief Yu Zhengsheng laid on the charm yesterday as he made surprisingly candid remarks about an otherwise taboo topic: the disclosure of personal assets for public scrutiny.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:43am

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

Yu Zhengsheng

Yu Zhengsheng

Member of the Politburo Standing Committee

20 Nov 2012 - 6:17pm

Shanghai chief Yu Zhengsheng's well prepared to join party elite

Yu Zhengsheng

Shanghai party chief Yu Zhengsheng, a "princeling" tipped for promotion to the Politburo Standing Committee at the 18th party congress, has a knack for using both the carrot and the stick.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:49pm

Yu returned as Shanghai party chief

Yu Zhengsheng was re-elected Shanghai party boss yesterday - a move that reaffirms his potential to join the country's highest ruling body - as he highlighted the city's role in national reforms.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

High praise for Shanghai party boss

The People's Daily has heaped lavish praise on Shanghai's steady development under the city's party boss, Yu Zhengsheng - praise that political analysts see as a boost for the princeling's chances of being promoted in the autumn leadership shake-up.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Party chief shows common touch via microblog

When the Shanghai party chief wrote back to the relative of a cancer patient via online microblog this week it was seen as the latest example of Communist Party officials using social media to garner support, boost popularity and polish their image.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Fast-food jibe revealed over U.S. pavilion at Expo

Shanghai's top party official told former US president Jimmy Carter that his country's 2010 World Expo pavilion could be turned into 'a restaurant, or better yet, a McDonald's' if the Americans failed to get their exhibit together in time for the fair, leaked diplomatic cables show.

15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Top cadre warns of 'political casino'

Shanghai party boss Yu Zhengsheng has said he accepts 'independent candidates' who support communist rule, but warned them not to immerse themselves in Western-style democracy.

25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Clean sweep of Shanghai cadres continues as morale sinks

More reshuffles in Shanghai's inner circle of power are to be announced soon as Beijing pushes forward in its methodical campaign to clean house in the country's corruption-smeared financial hub, sources said.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

New Shanghai chief to work with regions

Shanghai's new party secretary pledged yesterday that the city would work closely with other regions such as Zhejiang , Jiangsu , Hong Kong and Macau despite it being too early to map out the specifics of the next steps.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

New Shanghai party chief named

For the second time in under a year, an outsider with a privileged background will run the mainland's commercial capital, with the appointment of 62-year-old Yu Zhengsheng as Shanghai's Communist Party Secretary.

Xinhua announced the appointment yesterday, quoting a statement from the party's Central Committee.

28 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Yu Zhengsheng: Party man of patrician roots

As one of the rising stars of the Chinese Communist Party, Hubei party chief Yu Zhengsheng has defied his patrician roots to scale communist political heights.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Minister blames dangerous shoddiness on lack of quality control and licensing abuses

More than half of China's construction projects might be faulty because developers failed to adhere to industry standards, Minister of Construction Yu Zhengsheng said.

15 Nov 2001 - 12:00am