Born in 1946, Liaoning native Zhang studied the Korean language at Yanbian University and obtained an economics degree from North Korea's Kim Il-sung University in 1978. He was Jilin Province party chief 1995-1998 and then became Zhejiang party chief. His next move was to Guangdong in 2002, as party chief there. Zhang was appointed vice premier in 2008, overseeing China's energy, telecommunications, and transportation industries. He was appointed to lead Chongqing's party committee in March 2012 following the removal of Bo Xilai. He was promoted to the Communist Party's top power club, the 7-member Politburo Standing Committee, during the 18th Party Congress in November 2012.
National People’s Congress chief, acknowledging city’s role in country’s growth, says it can still work with mainland for mutual economic gain
When Carrie Lam takes the oath as Hong Kong’s next chief executive presumably before President Xi Jinping on July 1, the city she governs will face a sovereign state has signalled it wants a firmer say in how it is run.
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