Zhou Yongkang in his days at the peak of power 0

Zhou Yongkang in his days at the peak of power 0

From a geological engineer, Zhou Yongkang gradually rose through the ranks and became one of the nine most powerful people in China before being investigated for corruption charges at the end of 2012.

Mr. Zhou Yongkang held the position of Deputy General Director and Party Secretary of China Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in 1996. In the photo, Zhou Yongkang and CNPC General Director Wang Dao directed the construction of an oil exploitation office.

Mr. Zhou Yongkang held the position of Deputy General Director and Party Secretary of China Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in 1996. In the photo, Zhou Yongkang and CNPC General Director Wang Dao directed the construction of an oil exploitation office.

Zhou Yongkang in his days at the peak of power

Zhou Yongkang graduated from Beijing Petroleum Institute, now China University of Petroleum, and started working at CNPC in 1988. Pictured here is Zhou Yongkang and workers of Wangjie oil field on a survey trip.

Zhou Yongkang graduated from Beijing Petroleum Institute, now China University of Petroleum, and started working at CNPC in 1988. Pictured here is Zhou Yongkang and workers of Wangjie oil field on a survey trip.

Zhou Yongkang in his days at the peak of power

From 1999 to 2002, Zhou Yongkang served as secretary of the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee.

From 1999 to 2002, Zhou Yongkang served as secretary of the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee.

Zhou Yongkang in his days at the peak of power

In 2002, Zhou Yongkang assumed the position of Minister of Public Security of China.

In 2002, Zhou Yongkang assumed the position of Minister of Public Security of China.

Zhou Yongkang in his days at the peak of power

Zhou Yongkang was appointed State Councilor during the 7th plenary session of the Chinese National People’s Congress in March 2003.

Zhou Yongkang was appointed State Councilor during the 7th plenary session of the Chinese National People’s Congress in March 2003.

Zhou Yongkang in his days at the peak of power

The 5th session of China’s 11th National Assembly in 2012 coincided with International Women’s Day on March 8. Zhou Yongkang took souvenir photos with his ally Bo Xilai (5th from right) and female delegates.

The 5th session of China’s 11th National Assembly in 2012 coincided with International Women’s Day on March 8. Zhou Yongkang took souvenir photos with his ally Bo Xilai (5th from right) and female delegates.

In 2007, Zhou Yongkang became a Standing Member of the Chinese Politburo, along with Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping, Wen Jiabao, and Li Keqiang to become the five most powerful people in the country.

In 2007, Zhou Yongkang became a Standing Member of the Chinese Politburo, along with Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping, Wen Jiabao, and Li Keqiang to become the five most powerful people in the country.

Mr. Zhou Yongkang voted during the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012. After this congress, Mr. Zhou retired.

Mr. Zhou Yongkang voted during the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012. After this congress, Mr. Zhou retired.

Hong Hanh (Photo: Xinhua)

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