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Zhu Rongji

Born on October 1, 1928 in Changsha, Hunan, Zhu Rongji mayor and party chief in Shanghai between 1987 and 1991, before becoming vice premier and then the fifth premier of the People's Republic of China. He held that position between March 1998 and March 2003. He is known for taking a tough stance against corruption in the government and pushing difficult reforms of the state sector. 

Former Chinese premier Zhu Rongji breaks long silence with letter to university

Former premier Zhu Rongji has made a rare public gesture, writing a letter for the 30th anniversary of his alma mater, becoming the latest ex-party leader to step briefly out of low-key retirement.

Tuesday, 29 April, 2014, 3:42am 1 comment

Zhu Rongji makes rare public appearance to hawk his new book

Zhu delivered the brief speech at a ceremony launching the English edition of Zhu Rongji on the Record: The Road to Reform 1991-1997, which is to go on sale in the US this month.

10 Sep 2013 - 4:33am

Zhu Rongji speech, newly revealed, likely aimed at leadership summit

The People's Publishing House will on Monday release a collection of speeches Zhu gave as mayor of Shanghai between 1987 and 1991. The People's Daily website yesterday ran excerpts, which were picked up by major mainland portals.

10 Aug 2013 - 4:00am

Hong Kong's graft laws apply to Zhu Rongji's son and other members of new body

The son of former premier Zhu Rongji and other financial heavyweights appointed to the new Financial Services Development Council will be subject to the city's anti-corruption laws as if they were public officials.

19 Jan 2013 - 7:40am 1 comment

Retired life comes easy for China's former leaders

"Every man should confine himself to his own duties", the Chinese saying goes, and when state leaders retire they often vow to refrain from interfering in the nation's politics and seek more time to pursue personal interests. Some travel around the country to relax, write books and learn the arts, but others want to show they are still political heavyweights.

11 Nov 2012 - 3:28pm

Jiang Zemin leads show of strength by party old guard at 18th congress

Former president Jiang Zemin and other party veterans returned to centre stage at the Great Hall of the People yesterday, demonstrating their continued power to shape the country's future.

9 Nov 2012 - 7:24am

Retired leader Li Peng seeks to show influence ahead of congress

Former premier Li Peng has thrust himself into the public eye before next week's party congress by donating 3 million yuan (HK$3.7 million) to a scholarship for poor university students in Yanan, the Communist Party's old revolutionary base in Shaanxi.

The source of the money was the proceeds of books Li wrote in retirement, CCTV reported yesterday.

31 Oct 2012 - 7:21am

Premier Wen's rule overshadowed by predecessor Zhu's bold reforms

While former premier Zhu Rongji is credited with introducing bold measures that set the mainland's financial system on the path of reform, his successor Wen Jiabao may be remembered more for his eloquent speeches than strong action when he steps down from his position early next year.

1 Oct 2012 - 1:53pm

Wang Qishan: the mainland's economic reformer in waiting

Symbolism can matter a great deal in politics, and Vice-Premier Wang Qishan's similarities to his political mentor, Zhu Rongji, have helped boost his popularity among party officials and ordinary citizens.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:43pm 2 comments

Graft putting brakes on reform

China's economic reform has significantly slowed since the start of this century, due partly to spreading and deep-rooted corruption in the world's No 2 economy, says Wu Jinglian, one of the mainland's most famous and liberal economists.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am