Han Zheng

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Han Zheng
Han Zheng.jpg
Communist Party Secretary of Shanghai
Assumed office
20 November 2012
Deputy Yang Xiong (mayor)
Ying Yong
Preceded by Yu Zhengsheng
In office
24 September 2006 – 24 March 2007
Preceded by Chen Liangyu
Succeeded by Xi Jinping
Mayor of Shanghai
In office
24 March 2007 – 26 December 2012
Preceded by Chen Liangyu
Succeeded by Yang Xiong
Personal details
Born April 1954 (age 60–61)
Shanghai, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater East China Normal University
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Han.

Han Zheng (Chinese: 韩正; pinyin: Hán Zhèng; born April 1954 in Shanghai; ancestral home Cixi, Zhejiang[1]) is a Chinese politician, the Communist Party Secretary of Shanghai, and a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China. He served as Mayor of Shanghai between 2003 and 2012 and briefly acted as Party Secretary between 2006 and 2007 when his predecessor Chen Liangyu was removed from power. In November 2012 he was promoted to become the Party Secretary of Shanghai, the top political post in the city.[2] Han was widely considered a member of the Shanghai clique.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Shanghai, and joined the Communist Party of China in 1979. He holds a Master's Degree from East China Normal University and is a senior economist.[3] He joined the CPC Central Committee in 2002. In 2003 he was named the Mayor of Shanghai at age 48, the youngest Mayor the city has seen in fifty years. A vocal advocate of the Shanghai real estate boom, Han has a largely positive image with the Shanghai citizenry for his openness and transparency. However, because he served under Chen Liangyu, the CPC Shanghai Secretary at the time, Han supported many of Chen's policies, notably those favouring Shanghai's regional development, in contrast to a more balanced approach favoured by the national leadership.

On 25 September 2006, Han became the acting Communist Party Chief of Shanghai after the dismissal of Chen Liangyu over corruption probes during the Shanghai pension scandal. With what were believed to be stern messages sent by Party general secretary Hu Jintao, Han led a municipal task force to crack down on the corruption in Shanghai, and has since then been believed to be a Hu loyalist. His tenure as the number one figure in Shanghai lasted a mere five months, when on 24 March 2007, he was replaced by Xi Jinping, Party Chief of the neighbouring province of Zhejiang who later became the top leader of China. Han proved to be a 'political survivor' however, having served under party chiefs Chen Liangyu, Xi Jinping, and Yu Zhengsheng in the Mayor's office.

Han was longlisted for the 2008 World Mayor award. Han became the CPC Committee Secretary of Shanghai in November 2012, and also gained a seat on the 18th Politburo of the Communist Party of China.


  1. ^ "韩正同志简历". 新华网. 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  2. ^ 韩正辞去上海市市长职务 杨雄任上海市代市长. Eastday (in Chinese). 26 December 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Biography of Han Zheng". China Vitae. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Chen Liangyu
Mayor of Shanghai
Succeeded by
Yang Xiong
Party political offices
Preceded by
Yu Zhengsheng
CPC Shanghai Committee Secretary
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chen Liangyu
CPC Shanghai Committee Secretary, acting
Succeeded by
Xi Jinping