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Who is China’s former premier Zhu Rongji?

hu Rongji was born on October 1, 1928, in Changsha, Hunan Province. He was the mayor of Shanghai from 1987 to 1991, before becoming the vice premier of China. He then served as the country’s fifth premier from 1998 to 2003.
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Jia Guo

Zhu managed China’s economy through a difficult period when wasteful state-owned enterprises were reformed or shut down, leading to massive layoffs.

He was also a key driver behind China’s entry to the World Trade Organization in 2001.

In 2013 and 2014, Zhu donated a total of 40 million yuan ($6.5 million) to support education in poor areas, making him China’s most philanthropic retired politician.

By Jia Guo
Jia Guo is from the coastal city of Qingdao. She has an M.A. in multimedia journalism from NYU and has worked at Facebook and Bloomberg TV in New York City.
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