Zhang Gaoli

Born in 1946, Zhang Gaoli was an economist by training and rose up the ranks of state-owned oil firms in Guangdong in the 1980s. He became a deputy governor of Guangdong in 1988, and party chief in the economic powerhouse of Shenzhen in 1998. He then moved on to top government and Party positions in Shandong and Tianjin, before he was promoted to the Communist Party's top power organ, the 7-member Politburo Standing Committee, during the 18th Party Congress in November 2012. He is known for keeping an very low profile and rarely makes public appearances or speeches. 

Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli delivers a speech at the gala dinner for the opening of the 2013 Fortune Global Forum. Photo: Xinhua

Chengdu event shows quest for big numbers hard to shake

For Chengdu, last week proved to be a busy one, and perhaps also cause for celebration by business. But for the rest of the China, it was rather disastrous in terms of how many lives of ordinary Chinese people were lost in various accidents.