China to revalue renminbi ‘by 4-5%’ this year: Zhang Wei profile

Zhang Wei, photographed in 1987, before his house arrest

In 1977 China was emerging from a famine in which tens of millions died. The country lacked the skilled professionals a developed society needs, from accountants to lawyers, and its universities had been shut for a decade.

That year it reopened them to offer 150,000 places. More than five-and-a-half million aspiring students applied. Among them was Zhang Wei, who won a place at the country’s top institute of higher education, Peking University. He was later appointed head student.

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