March 9, 1984: Zhang Gaoli (center) poses for a photo as he inspects Maoming Petroleum Industrial Company of China Petroleum Chemicals Corporation. [Photo: Xinhua]
Born in Fujian Province and holding office successively in Guangdong, Shenzhen, Shandong, and Tianjin, Zhang Gaoli has always stayed close to the sea. He has kept an open mind and always stayed at the forefront of reform and opening-up. He keeps a low profile and sticks to the principle of "being pragmatic, honest and working for the people."
On November 15, 2012, 66-year-old Zhang became member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee at the First Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, marking his entrance to China's top leadership.
On November 21, 2012, Zhang left his post as Party secretary of Tianjin. At a meeting of the Tianjin government and Party leaders on that day, Zhang asserted that he would continue "working for public interests and exercising governance for the people, be pragmatic and keep pace with the times, be hardworking and clean, and make selfless contributions" in his new post.
Zhang especially stressed during the meeting that "all Tianjin people and officials are welcome to continue supervising me. In future, if anyone asks for favors in the name of my family, relatives, friends, or staffers, regardless of whether they are swindlers or really what they claim to be, my attitude is the same: Don't talk to them. Don't give them any face. Don't do what they ask you to do. " 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8