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Ling Jihua

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 makes first public appearance for two weeks

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

Train and Tame the Ferrari Boy Racers

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

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

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

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

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 , 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