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. 

Warning on urban sprawl

Unrestrained development must not be allowed to sacrifice strategic long-term city planning, Minister of Construction Yu Zhengsheng has warned.

Saturday, 2 May, 1998, 12:00am

New broom prepares to revamp housing

THE amount of money invested in property is to rise by 10 per cent over last year, says newly appointed Minister of Construction Yu Zhengsheng.

Economic growth of the country was projected at eight per cent this year and construction expenditure would contribute 0.5 to one per cent of that, Xinhua yesterday quoted the minister as saying.

12 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Key housing task for minister

Yu Zhengsheng will be one of the Cabinet members Zhu Rongji relies on to create economic growth.

The Minister of Construction has been appointed to promote private housing sales.

In the mid-1980s, while mayor of Yantai in Shandong, Mr Yu made a name for himself by successfully implementing the nation's first housing commercialisation programme.

21 Mar 1998 - 12:00am