Here’s an old story worth retelling: 20 years ago, when Tung Chee-hwa was sworn in as Hong Kong’s first post-1997 leader, along with his cabinet, there was someone on stage who was not his first choice.
Born in 1946, Liaoning native Zhang studied the Korean language at Yanbian University and obtained an economics degree from North Korea's Kim Il-sung University in 1978. He was Jilin Province party chief 1995-1998 and then became Zhejiang party chief. His next move was to Guangdong in 2002, as party chief there. Zhang was appointed vice premier in 2008, overseeing China's energy, telecommunications, and transportation industries. He was appointed to lead Chongqing's party committee in March 2012 following the removal of Bo Xilai. He was promoted to the Communist Party's top power club, the 7-member Politburo Standing Committee, during the 18th Party Congress in November 2012.