Current CCP Politbureau Members, and a few Guesses

Red line numbers (column 1): new to the politbureau. Red crosses (column 4): new to the standing committee.

# name born stand
ing com
mit
tee
majors party func tion state func tion leanings
1. Xi Jinping (习近平)  1953  x chem. engin eering gen. secre tary vice chair man prince ling
2. Ma Kai (马凯)  1946 pol. eco nomics state coun cil
3. Wang Qishan (王岐山)  1948  x history (fina nce?) dis cip line state coun cil prince ling
4. Wang Huning (王沪宁)  1955 French inter- natio- nal poli tics re sear ch
5. Liu Yunshan (刘云山)  1947  x journal ism (pro bably) pro pa gan da youth league
6. Liu Yandong (刘延东)  1945 chemi stry state coun cil youth league
7. Liu Qibao (刘奇葆)  1953 econ omic plan ning Sichu an party secr.
8. Xu Qiliang (许其亮)  1950 de fense  CMC
9. Sun Chunlan (孙春兰)  1950 party crash cour  ses youth league
10. Sun Zhengcai (孙政才)  1963 agri culture Jilin party secr.
11. Li Keqiang (李克强)  1955  x law, eco nomics state coun cil youth league
12. Li Jianguo (李建国)  1946 literat ure NPC secre tary gen. NPC vice cha ir
13. Li Yuanchao (李源潮)  1950 math, e conom. manag ement org gan izat. dept.
14. Wang Yang (汪洋)  1955 political econo mics Guan gdo ng party secr. refor mist
15. Zhang Chunxian (张春贤)  1953 engin eering Xin jiang party secr.
16. Zhang Gaoli (张高丽)  1946  x econon omics Tian jin party secr.
17. Zhang Dejiang (张德江)  1946  x Korean, econ omics Chon gqing party secr. hardline
18. Fan Changlong (范长龙)  1947 Xuan- hua Artillery College & others CMC
19. Meng Jianzhu (孟建柱)  1947 systems engin eering state coun cil (pub lic se curi ty)
20. Zhao Leji (赵乐际)  1957 philo sophy Shaan xi party secr.
21. Hu Chunhua (胡春华)  1963 Chinese, literat ure Inner Mong olia party secr. youth league
22. Yu Zhengsheng (俞正声)  1945  x electron ic engin eering, automa ted mis siles Shang hai party secr. keeper of the Deng Xiao ping grail
23. Li Zhanshu (栗战书)  1950 centr al com mittee office Hei long jiang gov er nor
24. Guo Jinlong (郭金龙)  1947 physics, acou stics Bei jing party secr.
25. Han Zheng (韩正)  1954 econom ics Shang hai mayor Shang- hai Cli que (but) Hu Jintao

The exclusion of a role held by Zhou Yongkang could be a message for Zhou and his supporters, rather than an indication of policy, suggests the Committee to Protect Journalists blog (CPJ). Zhou ranked 9th in the previous standing committee, and in his state (rather than party) function, he oversaw China’s security forces and law enforcement institutions.

Propaganda, of course, has a seat in the standing committee, with Liu Yunshan, and diplomacy stays out, as it did previously (unless a now sitting member becomes foreign minister next year).

Indirectly, the “United Front” is also represented at the standing committee. Liu Yandong headed that department for special party relations from 2002 to 2007. The “United Front” is also the organization whose website carries news about telegram exchanges between Hu Jintao / Xi Jinping  with Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou, as the top headline. They reportedly communicated in their capacities as former CCP secretary general (Hu), the CCP’s new secretary general (Xi), and the KMT’s chairman (Ma).

6 Responses to “Current CCP Politbureau Members, and a few Guesses”

  1. This is an amazingly detailed and helpful product. Also may be signs of a personality disorder – but one with positive effects for the world as a whole.

    As a whole seems to indicate no drastic changes, maybe some incremental changes in Chinese politics. Banishing the PBOC (People’s Bank of China) is a pretty clear sign SOEs will continue to dominate the econ landscape.

    Again – amazing chart. thank you for the work.

  2. It’s a personality disorder for sure! An inability to throw trivial information away, to describe the symptoms more clearly. Some of my grandparents were unable to through things away, though, even once they had become very old people. The effects of that disorder were much worse …

  3. Very handy – thanks.

    (Nitpick: the English spelling should be ‘politburo’, as the term is from Russian rather than French.)

  4. Thank you!
    About layout:
    (These are very minor issues but if you or people reading this are going to post more like this in the future, you can make them even better accessible to your readers.)
    For line breaks, you should try out “soft hyphens” (resulting in “stand­ing com­mit­tee” or “Bun­des­tags­tech­nik­fol­gen­ab­schät­zungs­bü­ro”, XML decimal entity ­) instead of spaces (resulting in “stand ing com mit tee” or “Bun des tags tech nik fol gen ab schät zungs bü ro”) if you haven’t done so already. Some software may have trouble displaying them correctly, but I think it’s worth it.
    If I display the table at a comfortably readable text size (on my system, that means bigger than the default) and don’t open this post separately, the table overlaps with the stuff on the right. Switching styles off avoids this but means I won’t see the red colour. I guess using HTML for colour might fix this.

  5. Oh and a preview option would be nice. In the post above, after “XML decimal entity” it was supposed to say ­
    (also ­)

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