Gao Di (politician)

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Gao Di (Chinese: 高狄; born November 1927), pen name Wen Di (闻迪), is a retired Chinese politician, best known for his term as the chief editor of People's Daily and as Communist Party Secretary of Jilin province.


Gao was born in Linyi, Shandong Province. He graduated during the Republican era at Manchukuo University in Changchun, Jilin. He joined the Communist Party following victory in the Second Sino-Japanese War in April 1946. After the founding of the People's Republic, Gao worked in Jilin province. He worked for the Jilin City party committee, then at Songhuajiang Daily, then Yongji prefecture. He was purged during the Cultural Revolution and sent to perform rural labour. In 1972 he returned to work, taking on a leading role in the provincial Office for Rural Affairs and Forestry and various leading posts in Jilin City, eventually being promoted to party chief and mayor of Jilin City. In March 1983, he was admitted to the Jilin provincial party committee; in May 1985 he was named party chief of Jilin province.

In April 1988 he was transferred to the central party authorities to take on the office of Executive Vice President of the Central Party School. After the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the leadership of People's Daily was reshuffled in order to ensure "political loyalty" of the newspaper, with Gao Di taking on the post of head of the newspaper. However, he later fell out of favour due to not having sufficiently supported Deng Xiaoping's southern tour speeches, and was removed as chief officer.[1]

In March 1993, he became a standing committee member of the 8th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; he retired and left politics in 1998.[2]

He was a member of the 13th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.


  1. ^ 《領導中國的新人物》,作者 高新,ISBN 1932138064
  2. ^ 高狄简历 Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
Party political offices
Preceded by
Qian Liren
Chief Officer of People's Daily
Succeeded by
Shao Huaze
Preceded by
Qiang Xiaochu
Communist Party Secretary of Jilin
Succeeded by
He Zhukang