China’s New Rulers

Here’s a good illustrated chart by the New York Times that summarizes the new leadership in China.


5 thoughts on “China’s New Rulers

  1. Agnes Tse (Chung Yan)

    I think there are 2 important issues about CPC’s leadership transition this term. 1) Hu Jintao’s full retirement and 2) the reduction of the Politburo Standing Committee from 9 members to 7. Unlike his predecessor Jiang Zemin, who stayed in the post of Central Military Commission chairman for 2 more years after retiring as the party general secretary, Hu Jintao decided to quit all 3 important posts: general secretary of the party, the PRC president and CMC chairman. His move undoubtedly set a good example for leaders after him but I doubt if it would help facilitate political revolution. The official reason of trimming the structure of the PBSC is the increase efficiency and decisiveness of high-level decision-making. However, I feel this is a step backward as it will only make the decision-making process of the government more concentrated.


    Thanks for Agnes’ sharing . From my own point of view, I believe that, the reduction of Politburo Standing Committee from 9 members to 7 is a reforming sign, rather than a backward. Coz previously, it costs a lot of time and money for the Politburo to generate a idea, which deferred the step of reform of the PRC. However, the 7 people team will make it easier and more efficient to pass ideas, making it easier for President Xi Jinpin to uniform the opinion within the CPC. Thank you.

  3. Elaine Yang

    In my point of view, a competitively positive prospect for this term of CPC leadership transition may be hold, when compared with last term, i.e. from Jiang to Hu. The full retirement of Hu Jintao could leave Xi a larger space as well as greater power to practice his own administrative program. Since without the supporting from military side, it seems quite difficult for the party general secretary to control and balance those different interest groups in the Politburo standing committee. In other words, in China now, among all the three posts Hu Jintao retired, i.e. general secretary of the party, the PRC president and CMC chairman, the last one may be the most important position which makes the holder to be the most powerful person in China. The leadership transition would be fully finished only if the CMC chairman position was finalized, just like what Xi has done now.

  4. AM2012

    I think the most disappointing revelation was that Wang Yang missed the cut for the Politburo Standing Committee. My inclination is to disagree that this will be a reform-minded administration, as the major reformers were shut-out in the power transition.

    Seems like Jiang Zemin still wields significant power behind the scenes, as Hu’s proteges failed to be elevated to the most senior CPC positions.

    1. Tsang Fan Kwok

      It is unbelievable to see that during the recent visit by President Xi, he refused to use limousine but just a minibus to convey him and the whole entourage throughout the visit in Shenzhen. Nice talking with local residents. He also instructed that all visits shall not be extravagant. No chartered flight, no president suite, no extravagant expense on reception etc. He also declared the importance of honest and incorruptible government bodies. See how does he improve the mind set of bureaucratic and corruptive officials in mainland China in next 10 years.


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