Ling Jihua

Ling Jihua

The Communist Party's top anti-graft body announced an investigation into Ling Jihua, head of the party's United Front Work Department and a deputy chairman of the CPPCC, on December 22, 2014. Ling had worked for years as the personal secretary of former President Hu Jintao and chief of the Party's General Office. Ling's expected rise to the Polituro was thwarted in 2012 after his son Ling Gu died in a scandalous car crash in Beijing. He became one of the highest-ranking party officials to fall in president Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign since latest 2012. 

Exclusive: Net closes on Ling Jihua, one-time top aide to ex-president Hu Jintao

Exclusive: Net closes on Ling Jihua, one-time top aide to ex-president Hu Jintao

Graft-busters on the mainland are closing the net around a powerful family headed by Ling Jihua, for long the right-hand man of former president Hu Jintao.

Tuesday, 23 December, 2014, 2:43pm 11 comments

Shanxi No 2 graft buster Yang Senlin confirmed to be in detention

Yang Senlin was the executive deputy secretary of the provincial graft-fighting body.

The second-highest graft buster in Shanxi was detained after his supervisor published an article urging the punishment of officials who objected to the leadership's anti-graft crackdown.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:12pm 1 comment

Is Ling Jihua target of graft probe? Brother-in-law of the ex-Hu Jintao aide detained

Wang Jiankang (right), who is Ling Jihua's (left) brother-in-law and a deputy mayor in Yuncheng in Shanxi province, has been in custody for more than 10 days.

The detention of a relative of Ling Jihua, a former senior aide to ex-president Hu Jintao, has led to speculation the authorities may be building a case against Ling himself.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:44pm 1 comment

Hu Jintao aide pays price for fatal Ferrari crash scandal

Ling Jihua

The former top aide to outgoing President Hu Jintao scraped through to vice-chairmanship of the nation's top political advisory body yesterday with the lowest number of votes, after his career was hit by a scandal over the cover-up of his son's death in a Ferrari crash in Beijing last March.

12 Mar 2013 - 10:03am 4 comments

Soft landing for Ling Jihua in car crash scandal

Ling Jihua. Photo: Simon Song

United Front Minister Ling Jihua, the former top aide to outgoing President Hu Jintao, was named one of 10 executive chairmen of the top political advisory body's new presidium, suggesting he might be named a vice-chairman of the body after its nine-day annual session that starts today.

3 Mar 2013 - 12:54pm 1 comment

Loss of Politburo seat deals a further setback to Hu's former chief of staff

Ling Jihua, who lost his son in a car crash. Photo: Simon Song

Ling Jihua, until recently the chief of staff of President Hu Jintao , has become the only former director of the Communist Party Central Committee's general office not to be elected a Politburo member or alternate member since the founding of the People's Republic in 1949.

16 Nov 2012 - 5:13am

Risers and fallers in Central Committee voting

Ling Jihua yesterday. Photo: AFP

The former chief of staff of outgoing President Hu Jintao managed to secure a seat on the Communist Party's Central Committee yesterday despite the scandal over the cover-up of his son's death at the wheel of a Ferrari in a crash in March.

15 Nov 2012 - 10:49am

Exclusive: oil chief quizzed over massive cash transfers in Ferrari crash cover-up

Jiang Jiemin, who allegedly doled out CNPC cash.

The chairman of China's biggest oil and gas producer has been questioned by the Communist Party's top discipline watchdog in relation to the Ferrari crash in Beijing earlier this year that claimed the life of the only son of Ling Jihua, party general secretary Hu Jintao's former top aide, sources say.

3 Sep 2013 - 12:58pm 5 comments

Exclusive: Ferrari crash scandal cover-up may force out Hu ally, Ling Jihua

Ling Jihua, whose son was killed in a crash involving a sports car.

The ruling Communist Party is set to make the election of its elite Central Committee more competitive, which may cast further doubt over the political futures of several controversial candidates, including Ling Jihua, outgoing President Hu Jintao's former chief of staff, sources said.

23 Dec 2014 - 3:10pm 3 comments

Hu Jintao ally Li Zhanshu wins second party post

Li Zhanshu

In a procedural move that nonetheless shores up his rise within the party hierarchy, Li Zhanshu has been appointed to oversee the departments under the Communist Party's Central Committee.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:14am 1 comment

Beijing Ferrari crash passengers' identities partially revealed

A Ferrari 458 Spider, the same model Ling drove in the accident.

One of the women is said to have died under suspect circumstances last month, despite showing signs of recovery.

19 Oct 2012 - 10:59am

Vice-President Xi Jinping makes first public appearance for two weeks

Smiling Xi Jinping chats with children on his first public appearance for two weeks at China Agricultural University. Photo: Xinhua

Vice-President Xi Jinping re-emerged onto the public stage in Beijing yesterday after a two-week absence that fuelled rumours he was ill. Xi, the nation's presumed next leader, arrived at China Agricultural University for a national day popularising science.

16 Sep 2012 - 10:19am

Train and Tame the Ferrari Boy Racers

The Beijing Evening News's story, published on March 18, about a speeding  black Ferrari hitting a wall on Beijing's North Fourth Ring Road in the early hours of that day.   Photo by Simon Song

Now it’s emerged after being kept quiet for several months that it was Ling Gu, the son of a loyal aide to President Hu Jintao, was the one killed in Ferrari accident in Beijing back in March.

5 Sep 2012 - 11:30am

Exclusive: How crash cover-up threatens career of Hu's top aide

The Beijing Evening News report showing a speeding black Ferrari hitting a wall on Beijing's North Fourth Ring Road in the early hours of March 18, 2012.  Photo by Simon Song

A scandal over the death of a playboy son in a wrecked black Ferrari is threatening to scupper the career of the president's ally, Ling Jihua, ahead of the 18th party congress.

23 Dec 2014 - 3:10pm 7 comments

Reshuffled personal secretary Ling Jihua rose to power with Hu Jintao

Illustration: Henry Wong

Around midnight, an observer privileged enough to gain access to the secretive General Office of the Communist Party's Central Committee in Beijing would often find the lights on in the office recreation room.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:50pm