Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Xi Jinping, groomed as next China leader?

Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, a very popular
folk singer attached to the PLA General Department’s
song and dance troupe.

Party insiders say Vice-President Xi Jinping may be
promoted to the vice-chairmanship of the CCP's Central
Military Commission add that it will confirm Xi's
status as Hu's successor as party general secretary
and state president.

According to state news agency Xinhua, the 204-member
committee will discuss a draft document on "party
building" which covers everything from the battle
against corruption to recruitment for the 75
million-member party. The military commission is in
charge of the 2.3 million-strong People's Liberation

Fifth generation of leadership...

CHINA's Communist Party leaders will meet this week to elect
the nine-person Politburo standing committee, which rules the
country. The four-day meeting is expected to order direct
elections at the county or fourth level of government as part
of long promised plans to increase internal democracy.

In an additional plenary session of the party's central
committee, the party's 440 senior members are expected to
effectively confirm Vice-President Xi Jinping as President Hu
Jintao's successor in 2012, when up to seven new positions on
the top rung will be up for grabs.

But while strong hints on the fifth generation of Chinese
leaders will emerge, the meeting will focus on internal
reforms as the party prepares to celebrate 60 years in power.


"Xi's appointment to the Party Secretary post in Shanghai was
seen as a stepping stone for him to become an emerging member
of the fifth generation of Chinese leadership. This was
solidified by his appointment as a member of the nine-man
Politburo Standing Committee at the 17th Party Congress in
October 2007. Interestingly, Xi was ranked above Li Keqiang,
which made him the most likely candidate for China's next
core figure - the paramount leader. This assessment was
further supported at the 11th National People's Congress, Xi
was elected as Vice-President of the People's Republic of
China on March 15, 2008. Some suggest this was because Xi
had kept friendly relations with both Hu Jintao and the other
power figure in the central leadership, Zeng Qinghong. In
addition to these posts, Xi also held the top-ranking
membership of the Communist Party's Secretariat.

Since his elevation Xi has held a broad range of portfolios.
He was put in charge of the comprehensive preparations for
the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, as well as the central
government's leading figure in Hong Kong and Macau affairs.
In addition, he also became the new Principal of the Central
Party School, the cadre-training and ideological education
wing of the Communist Party. In the wake of the 2008 Sichuan
Earthquake, Xi went and visited disaster areas in Shaanxi and
Gansu. After the Olympics, Xi was assigned the post of
Committee Chair for the preparations of the 60th Anniversary
Celebrations of the founding of the People's Republic of

Xi is considered to be one of the most successful members of
the Crown Prince Party, a quasi-clique of politicians who are
descendants of early Chinese revolutionaries. Senior leaders
consider Xi to be an emerging figure that is open to serious
dialogue about deep-seated market economic reforms and even
political reform, although Xi's personal political views are
relatively murky. He is generally popular with foreign
dignitaries, who are intrigued by his openness and
pragmatism. Founder of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, when asked
about Xi, said he felt he was "a thoughtful man who has gone
through many trials and tribulations." Lee also
commented: "I would put him in the Nelson Mandela's class of
persons. A person with enormous emotional stability who does
not allow his personal misfortunes or sufferings affect his
judgment. In other words, he is impressive". Xi was named
as one of the most influential people in the world in the
2009 Time 100 list." (Quotes of China Hour, Xinhua, Wiki,

Xi Jinping 习近平

Name translation:

- xí learn; habit; usual practic

-平易近人 píng yì jìn rén

"easy to approach to common people"

Xi’s wife 丽媛 Peng Liyuan

lì beautiful – yuàn beauty

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