Zou Jiahua, male, Han nationality, was born in Shanghai in 1926. His father, Zou Taofen, was a well-known intellectual in the 1930s. Zou Jiahua joined the New Fourth Route Army in 1944 and joined the Party in 1945. He studied in the Soviet Union, and, upon his return to China in 1955, worked as an engineer in Liaoning Province, after which he was assigned to the 1st Ministry of Machine Building.
After 1973, Zou served in increasingly responsible positions in State Council bodies, and became head of the State Planning Commission in 1989. He served as vice-premier from 1992 to 1997. He was an alternate member of the 11th CPC Central Committee, and a member of the 12th, 13th and 14th CPC Central Committees. He was a member of the Politboro of the 14th CPC Central Committee.
Zou was elected vice-chairman of the 9th NPC Standing Committee in March 1998.