Ling Jihua, former chief of the General Office and President Hu Jintao's personal secretary, rose from a tiny village in rural Shanxi province to a key place in the influential Communist Youth League by his early 20s. The fourth son of a revolutionary father, he showed a flare for executing any task exactly as expected. A position in the propaganda department of the youth league's central committee under the leadership of an up-and-coming Hu Jintao cemented his political path.
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.Sunday, 16 September, 2012, 10:19am
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
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.1 Oct 2012 - 2:04pm 7 comments
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
The crash of a black Ferrari on Beijing’s North Fourth Ring Road involved far more than sex, a fast car and a playboy. It also put the political career of Ling Jihua, President Hu Jintao’s top aide for more than two decades, at stake.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Li Zhanshu , newly appointed director of the General Office of the Communist Party's Central Committee, appears to be a transitional figure despite being named to one of the most powerful positions in Beijing.2 Sep 2012 - 1:55pm