Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Chen Weida

Chen Weida was a Chinese politician and educator.


Chen Weida was born in Xiangshui County, Jiangsu in 1916. He joined the Communist Party of China in 1937.

After the foundation of the People's Republic of China, Chen Weida had been the Secretory of the CPC Hangzhou Committee, the First Secretary of the CPC Tianjin Committee, and the Deputy Secretary of the .

Chen was the President of Zhejiang University from 1962 to 1968.

Ch'ien Mu

Ch'ien Mu was an educator, historian, philosopher and confucian. He also known by another Chinese name 錢賓四.

He was one of the founders of New Asia College and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He had received honorary doctorates from both Yale University and Hong Kong University.

Ch'ien wrote many books and papers about Chinese classics, history and Confucian philosophy. Unlike many anti-tradition scholars at his time, he insisted on the importance of traditional value of Chinese culture.


*New Asia College Ch'ien Mu Library

Cao Jianming

Cao Jianming is the Procurator-General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate.


Cao Jianming was born in Nantong, Jiangsu in 1955. He received his LL.B and LL.M degrees from East China University of Political Science and Law in 1983 and 1986.

After graduation, Cao joined the faculty of the same university. He was the President of this university from 1997 to 1999 and became the President of the National Judges College in 1999.

He studied in Ghent University of Belgium in 1989-1990.

Cao was appointed as the Vice President of the Supreme People's Court in 1999.

In October 2007, Cao was elected as the member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

On March 16,2008, Cao was elected as the Procurator-General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

Zhou Yongkang

Zhou Yongkang is a senior leader of the Communist Party of China who is currently serving as the 9th ranked member of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee, State Councilor, and the head of the , an organ directing central government legal policy and the legislative agenda. He is a and member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. He was mayor of Panjin in Liaoning Province from 1983 until 1985, was served prominently as the of the People's Republic of China and thus chief of the from 2002 to 2007.


Born in December 1942, Zhou Yongkang is a native of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. In November 1964 he joined the and entered the workforce in September 1966. He graduated from the Survey and Exploration Department of Beijing Petroleum Institute majoring in geophysical survey and exploration. As a university graduate he holds the title Senior Engineer with a rank equivalent to that of Professor.

During the 1960s and 70s he spent most of his career in the oil sector and by the mid-1980s he was vice minister of the Petroleum Industry and from 1996 General Manager of China National Petroleum Corporation. In 1998 he was Minister of Land and Resources and in 1999, secretary of the Communist Party of China Sichuan Provincial Committee, where he was a hardliner on Tibetan independence supporters. During his tenure as Minister of Public Security, he was a hardliner and reformer of China's policing system, aiming to create a more professional policing body, even going as far as to fire several hundred police officers for a drinking problem. His heavy hand in Sichuan and as Public Security Minister made him noticed by the party's central althority, and in 2007 he was transferred to fill Luo Gan's retirement vacancy in the Party's powerful Political and Legislative affairs committee, having ultimate authority with state security forces. As a result, even though he is ranked last in the PSC's hierarchy, it is not an indication of his actual power.

Zhang Xinsheng

ZHANG Xinsheng , is a politician. He's the current of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, and the Vice-president of the Chinese Olympic Committee.


Zhang was born in Shuyang County, Suqian, Jiangsu Province in November, 1948.

1974-1977, Zhang studied in the Department of Foreign Languages at Hangzhou University . 1977-1979, he served as an official and translator in the Foreign Affairs Office of the Jiangsu Provincial Government.

1980-1982, Zhang studied at the , USA as a graduate student. 1982-1985, he was the Deputy Director of the Tourism Bureau of the Jiangsu Provincial Government. 1986-1989, he was the Deputy Director of the , .

1989-1997, he served as the Mayor of . 1998-2000, he was a graduate student at the Harvard University USA, and received a master's degree . 2001-present, he is the Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Education, PRC. 2004-present, he is the Vice-President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, Beijing.

Yu Youjun

Yu Youjun is a politician and former governor of Shanxi province.


A native of Feng County, Jiangsu, Yu has previously worked in Guangdong as district governors in the city of Guangzhou, as well as propaganda chief of the provincial propaganda department. He joined the Communist Party of China in June 1976.

He came to prominence as the Mayor of Shenzhen, China's first and arguably most successful Special Economic Zone, in 2000. His performance led to his promotion to Vice Governor of Hunan province in 2003.

In 2005 he was promoted again to become Governor of the coal-rich province of Shanxi. During his time in Shanxi, he undertook several key initiatives including the closure of several thousand illegal coal mines and the improvement of environment. He came onto the international spotlight following the 2007 Chinese slave scandal involving children and migrant workers who were forced to work in kilns. He publicly apologized for the mishap, a rare occurence in China, and held himself accountable.

Yu resigned as governor on September 3 2007 as part of a wider Party reshuffle and is currently the Party Secretary of the Ministry of Culture.

Yao Zhen

Yao Zhen , 18 October 1915 - 4 November 2005, was a notable Chinese biologist and oncologist. He served the First President of Asian-Pacific Organization for Cell Biology .


Yao was born in Changshu, Jiangsu Province on 18 October 1915. Yao graduated from the Department of Biology of Zhejiang University in 1937. After graduation, he became a teaching assistant at the department. Yao received a scholarship from British Council and went to study in UK in 1946. Yao obtained Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1949.

Yao jointed the former Shanghai Institute of Experimental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in August 1950. He was the Vice-Director of the former CAS Shanghai Institute of Cell Biology.

Yao was a senior academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences . August 1988, Yao was elected as the 1st President of Asian-Pacific Organization for Cell Biology.

Yao was the main founder and the first Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal ''Cell Research'' .

Yao also served as the Chief Director of Chinese Society for Cell Biology. Yao was a senior researcher and professor at Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences , Chinese Academy of Sciences, which is one of the most prestigious institutes for biological research in China .

When Yao was in Britain, his research mainly focused on the developmental embryology of drosophila. Yao made significant contributions to the researches of cell differentiation and development, and experimental cancer biology in China, thus is regarded as a pioneer in these domains in China.

Yao died in Shanghai on 4 November, 2005.

The name

Sometimes, Yao Zhen was called as YAO Xin by mistake, because the Chinese character ''Zhen'' is too similar to ''Xin'' .

Sometimes his name is also as T. Yao by Wade-Giles.

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