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.
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee, State CouncilorMonday, 29 October, 2012, 10:02am
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.9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am
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
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
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
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
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 , 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
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
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
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
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