Liu Yandong

Liu Yandong served alongside President Hu Jintao in the China Youth League and has an outside chance of becoming the first woman member of the Politburo Standing Committee. She rose to prominence through the influential United Front Work Department and at the 17th party congress in 2007, she was made a Politburo member in charge of health, education, science and sports. Her elevation is seen by political observers a strong message that China's political sphere is evolving.

Women in China still not equal to men

Sun Chunlan. Photo: EPA

If a new survey by an international accounting group is correct, half (51 per cent) of senior management jobs in mainland companies are now held by women. This places the mainland ahead of Hong Kong, other Asian economies and such Western countries as the United States and Britain, according to the report by Grant Thornton International, which surveyed chief executives and chairmen of 6,627 companies in all industry sectors around the world.

Saturday, 9 March, 2013, 2:31am

Front runners emerge for vice-premier vacancies

Liu Yandong

Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang, State Councillor Liu Yandong and State Council secretary general Ma Kai are front runners to fill the vice-premiership vacancies to be left by Zhang Dejiang, Hui Liangyu and Wang Qishan in March.

16 Nov 2012 - 5:13am

China's Communist Party remains a boys’ club

Liu Yandong, the only woman in the 25-member Politburo. Photo: AFP

Mao Zedong once declared: “Women hold up half the sky,” but today’s Chinese Communist Party is heavy with testosterone and when a new set of leaders is announced this week all are expected to be male.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Liu Yandong

Liu Yandong

Member of the Politburo Standing Committee, State Councilor  

29 Oct 2012 - 10:02am

Breaking the glass ceiling in the Politburo Standing Committee

Liu Yandong

The number of woman politicians who have shaped the nation can be counted on one hand. It's one of the smallest elite clubs in the world, but Liu Yandong may soon crack its doors slightly wider open.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:44pm

Liaoning Party chief Wang Min eyes Politburo prize

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Liu Yandong's State Council role surprises analysts

The confirmation that Liu Yandong, one of President Hu Jintao's most trusted allies and a child of a party veteran, has been appointed a state councillor instead of a much more powerful vice-premier has come as a surprise, analysts have said.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Top jobs for two presidential allies

The party boss of Sichuan - a protege of President Hu Jintao - has been appointed to head the party's United Front Work Department, according to a statement issued by the party's Central Committee yesterday.

3 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Liu Yandong: A capable and popular princeling

Liu Yandong , 62, the head of Communist Party's United Front Work Department, boasts a background both as a Communist Youth Leaguer and so-called princeling, a child of a party veteran.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Women now hold up only 20pc of the sky

While the 17th party congress is a significant indicator of political fortunes, it also tells the story of how women are sadly sidelined in politics.

During the congress, the Great Hall of the People was packed with more than 2,000 elite party representatives - most of them middle-aged or elderly men in grey or black suits.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Goodwill trip was mission impossible

In a visit that resembled that of Premier Wen Jiabao last year, senior party official Liu Yandong presented a new image of the Beijing leadership to Hong Kong.

On her first official trip, Ms Liu hugged children and mingled with the elderly during her five-day stay.

31 May 2004 - 12:00am

Cadre's perilous rise to the top

Liu Yandong - the official sent to Hong Kong on a charm offensive - has risen steadily through the party ranks since the perilous days of the Cultural Revolution, when she was criticised for being a successful student.

30 May 2004 - 12:00am

Cadre well suited to tackle unifying task

Liu Yandong's charm offensive goes beyond mere words. She always wears a ready smile - and seemingly a different wardrobe for every occasion.

In the course of two days, she has been seen sporting at least seven different outfits for various public functions.

28 May 2004 - 12:00am