According to the paper’s report from Beijing, the 10 in the list are: Vice President Xi Jinping, Vice Premiers Li Keqiang and Wang Qishan, Director of CCP Propaganda Department Liu Yunshan, State Councilor Liu Yandong, Director of CCP Organization Department Li Yuanchao, Guangdong Party Secretary Wang Yang, Tianjing Party Secretary Zhang Gaoli, Chongqing Party Secretary Zhang Dejiang and Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng.
The report points out that Party and State leaders, including members of the Politburo Standing Committee, are to retire at the age of 68 according to the rules. Therefore, except for Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, all the current members of the Committee, including Hu Jintao, are to retire.
It also points out that there has been a suggestion that the number of the Committee members be reduced from 9 to 7.
It says in addition that four in the list, Li Keqiang, Liu Yandong, Li Yuanchao and Wang Yang are of Chinese Youth League (CYL) origin. They belong to Hu Jintao’s CYL faction. If Liu Yunshan who was formerly Inner Mongolia CYL deputy secretary and is said to be close to Hu Jintao, is taken into account, Hu’s faction will have a majority.
It is said that Xi Jinping and other two princelings who are children of former high Party officials, are close to Jiang Zemin. The report says that judging by the list the faction close to Hu Jintao has superiority.
The report also says that the exclusion from the list of Bo Xilai, who is backed by former CCP General Secretary Jiang Zemin, also indicates that Hu Jintao will have personnel superiority in the 18th Party Congress in the coming fall.
However, at the age of 85 Jiang Zeming recently made a public appearance in an attempt to show that he is still healthy. It seems the power struggle intensifies instead of easing under the table.
The report points out that Hu Jintao does not want to conduct frontal confrontation with Jiang’s faction. When he has handed over the post as the general secretary, he only wants to retain the post of the Chairman of the Central Military Commissions to maintain his influence.
Jiang Zemin has also expressed to relevant people in the Party his full support for Xi Jinping in an attempt to maintain balance of power with Hu Jintao.
The report finally points out that some people believe that after the Bo saga there will probably be a crisis of splitting within the Party. However there remains a consensus among various factions in their awareness of Party’s prime principle, being the importance of adhering to the system of collective leadership.
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