Cracks in China’s Great Politburo Wall

For Asia Sentinel, Willy Lam reports on apparent tensions between President Hu Jintao and his heir apparent, Xi Jinping, following Xi’s failure to be promoted to the Central Military Commission at the Party Plenum last month: During his current trip to five European countries, Xi, 56, has departed from protocol and hardly given Hu a mention. According to long-standing diplomatic custom, a senior Chinese cadre on tour would first convey to his hosts the greetings of President Hu. Xi’s failure to acknowledge and salute Hu’s leadership was most obvious when he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday. Before the official discussion began, Xi handed to Merkel the English editions of two books – on energy and on information technology – written by ex-president Jiang Zemin. According to the official Xinhua News Agency, Xi then “passed along Comrade Jiang Zemin’s greetings and good wishes” to the German leader. Merkel reciprocated by asking Xi to send her greetings to Jiang. There was no reference to Hu throughout the two leaders’ tete-a-tete. […] As the highest-ranked Fifth-Generation politician in the supreme Politburo Standing Committee, Xi is slated to succeed Hu as party general secretary at the 18th CCP Congress in October 2012 – and as state president a few months later. Yet it is well-known among political circles in Beijing that Xi does not come from Hu’s Communist Youth League faction. Instead, the son of former vice-premier Xi Zhongxun is the putative head of the powerful Gang of Princelings, a reference to the offspring of party elders. Moreover, it was partly due to support rendered by ex-president Jiang, himself a princeling, that Xi was virtually designated Hu’s heir-apparent at the 17th Party Congress in 2007. Xi’s failure to be inducted into the CMC last month, however, was a signal ...
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4 Responses to Cracks in China’s Great Politburo Wall

  1. Tenzin says:

    This is sign of the coming collapse of the chinese communist party. when you hear the word like powerful gang of princelings, it sounds somewhat like mafia and bunch of thugs, hungry for their own interest and powers. China is off to be better with consience leaders with true democratic values.

  2. John_01 says:

    Willy,willy you are just reading too much into tea leaf. Your prediction of turmoil,riot and blood on the street is nothing but figment of your imagination to satisfy your paymaster. Your track record is abysmal nothing of your fertile imagination ever come to fruition

  3. jh says:

    Fertile imagination, John? Whose?
    Where does Tenzin predict “turmoil,riot and blood on the street”?
    Tenzin’s observation has some value while you are just ranting away…

  4. Tenzin says:

    I read many articles from chinese intelectuals about the inner circle of the chinese communist political tug of war which is unknown to millions of ordinary chinese citizen as they rely only on the communist mouth piece news agencies. the fact is that there are power struggle as you have read in the above articles and also predicted by many chinese scholars and even premier Wen said in CNN news which was censored in china that he cannot even predict what china will be in future. you can see his hesitation and nervousness. and one thing John! i am not talking about the riots or blood shed, communist party will disgracefuly disolve by itself. its just a matter of time.