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Xi Jinping

Publication Date : 16-11-2012


Xi Jinping, 59

The chemical engineer from Tsinghua University replaces Hu Jintao as general secretary of the Communist Party and commander-inchief of the People’s Liberation Army. He has worked mainly in coastal places, like Fujianm and Shanghai. His wife is folk singer Peng Liyuan. His father is late revolutionary hero Xi Zhongxun.

Li Keqiang, 57

Li rose up the Communist Youth League and is retiring leader Hu’s protege. The Peking University old boy was the former party chief of north-eastern Liaoning, holds a doctorate in economics and is fluent in English. He is likely to take over from Wen Jiabao as premier.

Zhang Dejiang, 66

Zhang is an economics graduate from North Korea’s Kim Il Sung University. The Jiang Zemin man helmed north-eastern Jilin before coastal Zhejiang and Guangdong. Made vice-premier in 2007, he took over Chongqing, after its former leader Bo Xilai, fell. He is expected to head the ceremonial legislature.

Yu Zhengsheng, 67

The former construction minister is close to the family of late leader Deng Xiaoping and also Jiang. His last job was party boss of Shanghai. His political career has, survived his brother’s defection to the US in the 1980s and he is now expected to be China’s top political adviser as head of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Liu Yunshan, 65

Liu was trained as a teacher in Inner Mongolia and worked as a Xinhua reporter in the region. He rose through the ranks doing propaganda work for the Communist Youth League. His big break came in 1993 when he was made viceminister of the party’s central propaganda department. He is likely to run the party’s secretariat and be appointed vice-president.

Wang Qishan, 64

Wang is the son-in-law of former vice-premier Yao Yilin and is close to former premier Zhu Rongji and Jiang. He has helped solve a banking crisis in Guangdong in the 1990s and the Sars outbreak in Beijing in 2003. He was Beijing mayor before becoming vice-premier. He is the new anti-corruption czar of the party.

Zhang Gaoli, 66

Zhang was born poor but worked hard for 14 years in the oil business. The Jiang Zemin ally was party boss of Shenzhen before leading coastal Shandong and cracked down hard on Falungong. His last portfolio was as leader of Tianjin port city. He is expected to, become executive vice-premier, assisting Li in the State Council.


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