Politics of the People'S Republic of China

President Hu Jintao (left) and former president Jiang Zemin attend a conference to commemorate the 1911 revolution last year. Photo: AP

Jiang Zemin's allies set to eclipse Hu Jintao's on new Standing Committee

Former party leader Jiang Zemin's influence may eclipse that of current general secretary Hu Jintao in the next decade as the new mainland leadership line-up begins to take shape. The Communist Party will unveil its once-in-a-decade reshuffle at its 18th national congress in a few weeks. While it is never publicly discussed, the country's political elite has spent the better part of the year in frenzied mud-slinging, horse-trading, alliance-building and lobbying.