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Profile: Zhang Gaoli: From "poor boy" to political figure

Xinhua)  08:32, December 26, 2012

File photo taken on March 9, 1984 shows Zhang Gaoli (C) poses for photos as he inspects the hydrocracking process of Maoming Petroleum Industrial Company of China Petroleum Chemicals Corporation. (Xinhua)

BEIJING, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- When Zhang Gaoli was born into an impoverished peasant's family 66 years ago, no one might have imagined that he would become one of China's most powerful people.

The self-dubbed "poor boy," however, made it when he was elected last month to the top slate of leadership of China's ruling party.

Zhang became member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Nov. 15, along with Xi Jinping, elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan and Wang Qishan.

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