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.
Shenzhen has officially announced the arrest of former vice-mayor Wang Ju who allegedly accepted bribes to approve land contracts.Thursday, 18 January, 2001, 12:00am
Shenzhen's public security chief pledged not to give up searching for autistic boy Yu Man-hon, missing on the mainland for more than four months. Tung Chee-hwa met Shenzhen party chief Zhang Gaoli at Government House last night.8 Jan 2001 - 12:00am
Shenzhen businesses have been ordered to try every possible means to achieve economic growth of 14 per cent this year.
Trade officials and business leaders were summoned to a meeting on Tuesday where party secretary Zhang Gaoli told them to give top priority to meeting the target.13 Aug 1998 - 12:00am
As Beijing's preferred candidates take over key positions in the Guangdong provincial government, Shenzhen officials reacted to the tightened leash with a hearty welcome . . . with coded reservations.
Asked to comment on the replacement of Shenzhen party secretary Li Youwei by Guangdong Vice-Governor Zhang Gaoli, Shenzhen Mayor Li Zibin said age was the primary reason.16 Jan 1998 - 12:00am
GUANGDONG is to unveil a development strategy for the crucial Zhujiang Delta region, which incorporates the richest areas in the province.
Vice-Governor Zhang Gaoli, who heads a task force on planning, said a blueprint for development would be finished by May.2 Jan 1995 - 12:00am
BOOMING Guangdong province continues to develop its own car industry, looking at an eventual capacity of one million vehicles a year to satisfy the strong local demand.7 Sep 1993 - 12:00am
A SENIOR Guangdong official yesterday warned that the province faced a challenging year in the face of growing protectionism and the possibility of China's re-admittance to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.2 Feb 1993 - 12:00am