Liu Yunshan began his career as a schoolteacher in Inner Mongolia's Tuzuo Banner region and served as the chief of the Inner Mongolia branch of the Youth League, the young offshoot of the Communist Party, between 1982 and 1985. He became director of the Communist Party's Central Publicity Department and a member of the Politburo in 2002. He was promoted to the Politburo Standing Committee during the 18th Communist Party Congress in November 2012.
Top party official's new appointment suggests Xi is prioritising reform and development
Chinese propaganda boss Liu Yunshan has risen to the country’s top leadership in what could be a perilous sign for online debate, critics said on Friday.
Who is Xi Jinping? Although he has finally risen to the supreme office in the world's most populous nation and second-largest economic power, Xi Jinping remains an enigmatic cipher - even to many of his fellow Communist Party apparatchiks.
China's top leadership committee was reduced from nine to seven members: Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli.
Two years after his Nobel peace prize, Liu Xiaobo remains imprisoned, relatives are under house arrest and his supporters are cowed into silence.
Member of the Politburo 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.