Archive for November 16th, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

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
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).

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ma, Hu, Xi: Great Rejuvenation

Can’t tell if “sending telegrams” should be taken literally. Technically, the procedure  should still be feasible.

Xinhua Net, Beijing, November 15, 2012 —

China KMT chairman Ma Ying-jeou separately sent telegrams to Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping saying that Hu Jintao had made major contributions to improved cross-strait relations, and congratulating Xi Jinping for his election as CCP secretary general. Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping expressed their thanks in separate replies.

新华网北京11月15日电 中国国民党主席马英九15日分别致电胡锦涛、习近平,表示胡锦涛为改善发展两岸关系作出重大贡献,祝贺习近平当选中共中央总书记。胡锦涛、习近平分别复电表示感谢。

In his reply, Hu Jintao said that in recent years, under the common efforts of both parties, the peaceful development of cross-strait relations achieved a number of imortant positive results. I sincerely hope that our two parties, will persist in strenghthening cooperation, in further consolidating and deepening the situation of peaceful cross-strait relations, for the happiness of the compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.


Xi Jinping said in his reply that the current cross-strait relations were in a good situation of peaceful development. It is my heartfelt hope that our two parties will grasp the historical opportunity, deepen mutual trust, solidify the policies of peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and the economic, cultural and societal foundations, that they will promote the achievement of ever-new results from the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and together create a wonderful future for the Chinese nation.


In his telegrams to Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, Ma Ying-jeou said that during the past ten years, the two parties had adhered to the “92 Consensus”, maintained the basic stability across the Taiwan Strait, and the Taiwan Strait had achieved the greatest peace and stability during the past sixty years. As these parties forge ahead, I hope our parties, on a good foundation, will continue to bring about broadened and deepened exchanges and common institutions to mutual significant results. When looking to the future, with the great cause of rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on the rise, there is particularly strengthened mutual trust, sincere cooperation, for the benefit of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

马英九在致胡锦涛、习近平的来电中表示,过去10年来,贵我两党坚持“九二共识”, 维持了台海基本稳定,台海地区达到60年来最和平稳定的状态。值此贵党继往开来之际,期待贵我两党在既有良好基础上,继续促成两岸双方在扩大、深化交流及 互设机构等重大事务上获致更显著的成果。展望未来,中华民族复兴大业方兴未艾,两岸之间有待强化互信、真诚合作,造福两岸人民。

On the same day, the China KMT honorary chairmen Lien Chan and Wu Poh-hsiung also separatelz sent telegrams to Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping. Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping separately replied to express their thanks.




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