Chinese Vice-Premier and Poliburo member Sun Chunlan was prominent in China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The new Politburo line-up is all male, prompting observations that future political diversity will be lacking. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese Vice-Premier and Poliburo member Sun Chunlan was prominent in China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The new Politburo line-up is all male, prompting observations that future political diversity will be lacking. Photo: Xinhua

Absence of women in China’s new leadership elite a ‘step backwards’ for political diversity, say observers

  • For the first time in decades, no woman has been selected for the Politburo, and just 11 of the 205 Central Committee seats went to women
  • Sun Chunlan, who is set to retire as vice-premier in March, was the sixth woman to join the Politburo

Chinese Vice-Premier and Poliburo member Sun Chunlan was prominent in China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The new Politburo line-up is all male, prompting observations that future political diversity will be lacking. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese Vice-Premier and Poliburo member Sun Chunlan was prominent in China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The new Politburo line-up is all male, prompting observations that future political diversity will be lacking. Photo: Xinhua
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