Politburo Standing Committee

Guangdong party boss Hu Chunhua keeps his cards close to his chest

Hu Chunhua. Photo: Reuters

On the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing last week, Hu Chunhua answered just one question from more than 200 journalists representing some 140 media organisations at an open session for Guangdong delegates.

Saturday, 16 March, 2013, 4:41am

Xi Jinping talks, but will he follow through on change?

Leaders Li Keqiang and Xi Jinping (third and second from right, front) during last week’s visit to the National Musuem. Photo: Xinhua

All eyes are on Xi Jinping and China's other new leaders, with the world wondering if their talk of change is more than token gesture. Early indications look promising, with the new style being felt - or heard - on at least a few occasions in the three weeks since the new, seven-member Politburo Standing Committee was given the keys to the world's biggest political machine.

7 Dec 2012 - 10:45am

Party's number two woman Sun Chunlan named chief of Tianjin

Sun Chunlan

Sun Chunlan, one of two women on the Communist Party's new Politburo, was appointed party secretary of Tianjin yesterday, succeeding new Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli.

Sun, 62, was previously party chief of Fujian and a Central Committee member. She won promotion to the Politburo last week.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Cadres praise Zhang Dejiang's short stint as party chief in Chongqing

Zhang Dejiang

Zhang Dejiang was not in Chongqing long, spending just eight months as party chief for the western metropolis. But that did not stop officials from showering him with praise as he left to join the Communist Party's most powerful body.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Rising star Sun Zhengcai named as party chief of Chongqing

Sun Zhengcai (second left, back) waves Hu Jintao as the president meets delegates at last week's party congress. Photo: Simon Song

The Communist Party has named rising star Sun Zhengcai as party chief of Chongqing, the epicentre of the nation's worst political turmoil in more than two decades.

Sources say Shanghai vice-mayor Tu Guangshao will soon team up with him, becoming the southwestern municipality's new mayor.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Inner Mongolia party chief Hu Chunhua seen making Politburo Standing Committee in 2017

Hu Chunhua

The party chief in Inner Mongolia - a favourite to win a seat on the Politburo Standing Committee in the reshuffle that is five years away - has become the first cadre to pledge loyalty to the new leadership.

20 Nov 2012 - 7:24am

Six Politburo Standing Committee members are not technocrats

The Communist Party of China's new Politburo Standing Committee.

In a noticeable break from the past two decades of Communist Party leadership, dominated by technocrats, six of the seven members of the new Politburo Standing Committee, the party's top decision-making body, trained in social sciences and the humanities.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:55am

A Good Week for … , November 18, 2012

Jiang Zemin

Jiang Zemin

The former president showed his clout in the Communist Party, with as many as six of the seven members of the new Politburo Standing Committee said to be his followers, with only one clearly in the camp of his successor, Hu Jintao. It's not a bad achievement for a man whose health has long been the subject of speculation since his retirement.


18 Nov 2012 - 3:48am

Glass firm's shares rise on perceived links to Zhang Gaoli

Zhang Gaoli

The reshuffle in Beijing provided a timely boost for one company yesterday - Xinyi Glass outshone the Hang Seng Index because of its perceived ties to a new member of China's most powerful body.

Lee Shing Put, son of Xinyi Glass chairman Lee Yin Yee, happens to be the son-in-law of Zhang Gaoli one of the seven new members of the Politburo Standing Committee.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:09am 1 comment

Exco convenor fends off speculation CY may face tougher time

The Executive Council convenor has fended off speculation that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying may face a hard time under the nation's new leaders.

Key businesspeople also dismissed concerns that the central leadership's policies towards Hong Kong would change.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Jiang Zemin absent from party congress finale

President Hu Jintao with Xi Jinping, his successor as party general secretary and chairman of the Central Military Commission, wave to congress delegates. Photo: Reuters

Former Communist Party general secretary Jiang Zemin did not show up at a gathering on Thursday afternoon at which new party chief Xi Jinping praised his predecessor Hu Jintao for standing down fully from his top party posts.

Jiang, 86, had been in the limelight ahead of the once-a-decade power transfer. It was not clear why Jiang did not attend the gathering.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Elevation of Liu Yunshan heightens censorship fears

Liu Yunshan

The elevation of top censor Liu Yunshan to the powerful Politburo Standing Committee this week worries some mainland journalists and activists who fear a tougher line on media and internet freedom, though analysts say the situation will depend on the direction set by the new party chief, Xi Jinping.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Party's internal poll to pick top leaders confirmed

Party's internal poll to pick top leaders confirmed

Senior members of the Communist Party held an internal poll in May to select their favoured top leaders, Xinhua confirmed.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Briefs, November 17, 2012

The deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' information department, Hua Chunying, had been appointed a spokeswoman, Xinhua said yesterday.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:01am

Son-in-law of Zhang Gaoli is a director at 17 Hong Kong firms

Zhang Gaoli

Lee Shing Put, a son-in-law of the new Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli, has his fingers in many pies.

Lee now worked for Xinyi Glass Holdings, a Hong Kong-listed glass maker, said his father, Lee Yin Yee, the company's founding chairman.

"I have no comment on Zhang Gaoli. Zhang Gaoli has nothing to do with our business," Lee Yin Yee said.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:05am 1 comment