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. 

Chengdu event shows quest for big numbers hard to shake

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

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.

Monday, 10 June, 2013, 10:09am

Beijing promises blue skies and no red envelopes

Zhang Gaoli. Photo: Xinhua

Capital inflows to China are being squeezed by corruption and pollution and Beijing is ready to tackle both head-on to ensure a steady flow of funds, Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of top executives from some of the world's biggest companies.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:05pm

Who said it?

Professor Simon Young Ngai-man

There has been such rapid development in Hong Kong law in recent years that one cannot assume that one is on top of the law.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am

China promotes senior woman to lead financial hub Tianjin

Sun Zhengcai waves to Hu Jintao as the president meets delegates at the 18th party congress. Photo: Simon Song

China has promoted one of its most senior female leaders to Communist Party chief of the northern port city of Tianjin, which the government is trying to turn into a global financial centre, state media said on Wednesday.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:06pm

Glass firm's shares rise on perceived links to Zhang Gaoli

Zhang Gaoli

The reshuffle in Beijing provided a timely boost for one company yesterday - Xinyi Glass outshone the Hang Seng Index because of its perceived ties to a new member of China's most powerful body.

Lee Shing Put, son of Xinyi Glass chairman Lee Yin Yee, happens to be the son-in-law of Zhang Gaoli one of the seven new members of the Politburo Standing Committee.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:09am 1 comment

Son-in-law of Zhang Gaoli is a director at 17 Hong Kong firms

Zhang Gaoli

Lee Shing Put, a son-in-law of the new Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli, has his fingers in many pies.

Lee now worked for Xinyi Glass Holdings, a Hong Kong-listed glass maker, said his father, Lee Yin Yee, the company's founding chairman.

"I have no comment on Zhang Gaoli. Zhang Gaoli has nothing to do with our business," Lee Yin Yee said.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:05am 1 comment

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

Who's who: seven party heavyweights named to China's Politburo core

Who's who: seven party heavyweights named to China's Politburo core

China's top leadership committee was reduced from nine to seven members: Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Rising stars clam up when quizzed by reporters on future prospects

Tianjin party secretary Zhang Gaoli. Photo: Jason Lee

As jockeying for top seats in the Communist Party's leadership entered the final days, several officials tipped as rising stars played it safe yesterday, ducking questions about promotions - or anything else sensitive.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:43am

Zhang Gaoli's Tianjin economic model promises disaster for China

Zhang Gaoli

Next week as the party faithful wait for China's new leaders to shuffle on to the stage in the Great Hall of the People, hopes will be riding high that the latest line-up of bosses will press ahead with the economic reforms needed to sustain the country's economic growth.

Unfortunately, the early signs are not promising.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Zhang Gaoli

Zhang Gaoli

Member of the Politburo Standing Committee

21 Nov 2012 - 2:50pm

Tianjin’s party boss Zhang Gaoli readies for limelight

Zhang Gaoli (right) with Premier Wen Jiabao, Airbus chief Fabrice Bregier (left) and German leader Dr Angela Merkel. Photo: Reuters

Tianjin party chief Zhang Gaoli prefers to work away from the spotlight but that may change as momentum builds for making him a member of the Politburo Standing Committee at the upcoming party congress.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:48pm

Tianjin party chief warms to explaining low profile

Tianjin party secretary Zhang Gaoli appeared relaxed and was open to questions from the foreign media during a press conference on the sidelines of the annual sessions of the NPC and CPPCC. However, his expression remained stern.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Rising political stars impress the media pack

Two rising political stars pulled off livelier-than-expected press sessions on the sidelines of the National People's Congress at the weekend, offering a glimpse into the mindset of the next generation of leaders.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

41 injured as scaffolding gives way at Tianjin site

Forty-one people were injured, six severely, when a scaffolding platform plummeted 27 floors to the ground at a Games construction site in Tianjin , local media reported yesterday. All the injured were taken to hospital from the site, where the port city's multimedia centre is under construction.

8 Jul 2008 - 12:00am