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. 

Levin Zhu, son of former premier Zhu Rongji, quits investment bank CICC

Levin Zhu's resignation came after CICC had started preparations for a Hong Kong IPO in the middle of this year.

Levin Zhu, the son of former Premier Zhu Rongji, has resigned as chief executive of the first Sino-foreign joint venture investment bank in a surprise move likely to slow down the company's IPO process.

Wednesday, 15 October, 2014, 8:38am

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

Former premier Zhu Rongji (inset) was a former dean of the management school at Tsinghua University. Photos: AFP, SCMP

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.

29 Apr 2014 - 3:42am 1 comment

Zhu Rongji makes rare public appearance to hawk his new book

Former premier speaks in a video to promote the new compilation of his speeches. Photo: SCMP

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 forthcoming compliation of speeches by Zhu Rongji.

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

Laura Cha Shih May-lung. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin

"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 Chinese leaders Zhu Rongji, Song Ping and Li Lanqing at the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress. Photo: Simon Song

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

Li Peng: in the news

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

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

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

Wang with US President Barack Obama in 2009. Photo: Xinhua

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.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 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

'People's Premier' leaves a mixed legacy

Quantitatively, Premier Wen Jiabao can lay claim to being the most outstanding head of government in recorded history. But critics and admirers alike say that qualitatively, his record has been mixed.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'People's premier' has run out of time

A decade is a long time in government in China, but a year is not. Premier Wen Jiabao, giving his 10th and final closing news conference at the end of the National People's Congress this week, spoke of his achievements and what he still hoped to attain in his final 12 months in office before stepping aside for the new leadership.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'Forget me and the good I did when I die'

Wisdom may have dictated that Premier Wen Jiabao use his last all-important annual news conference to laud his government's economic achievements during the past decade.

Instead, the 69-year-old premier adopted a humble approach, apologising to his people for failing to accomplish some of his duties and asking them to forget him after he dies.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

No golden age, as Wen leaves a legacy of economic problems

It is a quirk of democracies that incoming governments end up reaping the economic harvest sowed by their predecessors.

In the United States, it was George Bush senior's 50 per cent reduction in defence spending relative to gross domestic product in the late 1980s that allowed Bill Clinton to balance the federal budget 10 years later, ushering in a long period of prosperity.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am