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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. 

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.

Wednesday, 5 September, 2012, 11:30am

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.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:04pm 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

A black Ferrari, a playboy’s death and political fallout for Hu Jintao’s top aide

Ling Jihua has been appointed to lead the party's United Front Work Department, a strong indication that scandals have damaged the rising star's hopes of securing a seat on the powerful Politburo this year.

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

Hu names protégé Li Zhanshu as key aide to Xi Jinping

Li Zhanshu, a Hu Jintao protégé, is well known to Xi Jinping.

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