In its report Jiang Zemin faction wins in China’s game of thrones SCMP says: “The former president outmanoeuvred his successor Hu Jintao, who only got one man from his faction into the Politburo Standing Committee
“In a game between two sides, a win for one is a loss for the other.
“In the game of party power, most analysts believe former president Jiang Zemin outmanoeuvred his successor, Hu Jintao, in influencing the selection of the next generation of leaders.
“Hu, who stood down as Communist Party secretary general at the party’s just-concluded 18th national congress, has failed to install political allies in several key positions, particularly membership of the party’s inner-most Politburo Standing Committee.”
“Most China watchers agreed the single most important factor in the selection of the Politburo Standing Committee and the wider, 25-member Politburo, was ‘patron-client ties’.
“Analysts view the failure to promote party organisation head Li Yuanchao and Guangdong party boss Wang Yang (into the PSC) as signs of Hu’s loss of influence.
“Of the 25 Politburo members, nine are from the (Hu’s) Communist Youth League. Analysts said Hu also failed to get Hunan party chief Zhou Qiang and his former chief of staff, Ling Jihua, promoted to the Politburo. Chen Shiju, Hu’s personal aide, failed to win promotion to the 205-strong Central Committee or one of its 171 alternate members.
“Premier Wen Jiabao also appears to have lost in the battle to promote his protégés. A glaring example is Ma Wen, who surprisingly did not retain her spot on the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s anti-graft watchdog.
“Most analysts said Jiang, who stepped down as party chief in 2002, played a key role in selecting the new leadership, outmanoeuvring Hu in some cases.”
“However, analysts also said Hu protégés were well positioned to become leading candidates for the Politburo Standing Committee in 2017”.
“Hu protégés Sun Zhencai, Jilin’s party chief, and Hu Chunhua, Inner Mongolia’s party boss, were both from Communist Youth League. At 49, they are the youngest Politburo members and among leaders expected to reach the pinnacle of power a decade from now.”
I wonder whether that shows that Hu Jintao has built quite a strong power base to succeed Jiang as the core of the party’s fourth generation of collective leadership when Jiang has passed away.Source: SCMP “Jiang Zemin faction wins in China’s game of thrones”
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