|Communist Party Chief of Tianjin|
September 1989 – February 1993
|Preceded by||Li Ruihuan|
|Succeeded by||Nie Bichu|
|Chairman of the CPPCC Municipal Committee of Tianjin|
May 1988 – April 1990
|Preceded by||Wu Zhen (吴振)|
|Succeeded by||Liu Jinfeng (刘晋峰)|
July 4, 1929|
Xinjin County, Sichuan
February 3, 1993 63) (aged|
|Political party||Communist Party of China|
Tan Shaowen (Chinese: 谭绍文; July 4, 1929 – February 3, 1993) was a Chinese politician. He served as the Communist Party Chief and top leader of the direct-controlled municipality of Tianjin, and was a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, one of the most powerful political bodies in the People's Republic of China. However, he died in 1993 before completing the full term of his office.
Early life and career
In May 1982, Tan Shaowen became a member of the CPC Tianjin Committee, and was promoted to Deputy Communist Party Chief of Tianjin in March 1983. He was responsible for education, science and technology, and propaganda in Tianjin. In May 1988 he became Chairman of the CPPCC Municipal Committee of Tianjin, and in September 1989 he was promoted to Communist Party Chief, the top government post of Tianjin.
In October 1992, Tan Shaowen became a member of the 14th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and was subsequently elected by that committee to serve in the 14th Politburo of the Communist Party of China, under the leadership of Jiang Zemin. Tan was supposedly drawn into the central leadership in order to counteract the growing trend for local politicians to ignore the policy of the central government.
Tan Shaowen is credited with the modernisation of the Tianjin education system, as well as undertaking a series of measures to bolster Tianjin's economy. In terms of economic reform, Tan focused mainly on medium to large state-owned enterprises, and also constructed several development zones in Tianjin, including the New Technology Industrial Park. He also constructed urban and economic infrastructure, and promoted Tianjin to foreign investors.
Tan died in Tianjin on February 3, 1993 at the age of 63 due to lung cancer. His death was significant, as it meant that the city of Tianjin was no longer represented in the Politburo. The next Tianjin party chief to gain a seat on the Politburo was Zhang Lichang in 2002.
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