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China honors former vice-premier, petro minister

Updated: Apr 20,2015 7:26 PM     Xinhua

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (C), also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attends a symposium to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kang Shi’en, former vice-premier and one of the founders of the country’s petroleum industry, in Beijing, capital of China, April 20, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — China on April 20 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kang Shi’en, former vice-premier and one of the founders of the country’s petroleum industry.

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli attended a gathering to remember Kang, who was born on April 20, 1915, and passed away on April 21, 1995.

Kang served in senior posts in China’s major oil fields and later as minister of the petroleum industry and vice-premier after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

He was personally involved in founding the Daqiang oilfield, the country’s first and largest oilfield, located in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, in the 1960s.

At the gathering, Vice-Premier Ma Kai urged people in the industry to carry on Kang’s legacy.

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