China Picks New Politboro Young Bloods

Youngest may vie for top spot in 5 years

By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 22, 2007 7:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Chinese Communist Party named its newest leaders yesterday, including the man favored to succeed current president Hu Jintao, reports the Washington Post. Xi Jinping, 54, is the son of a Chinese guerrilla leader who rose to the top of the Shanghai branch of the Communist Party, making him a "princeling" son of the revolutionary generation. Xi, who has a phD in economics, was ranked highest of four new members; Li Keqiang, 52, is considered another contender for the top spot.

Both Xi and  Li—the youngest of the new Politburo crop—are experienced bureaucrats with a reputation for caution. Their ascension is seen as a signal that the party wants to stay the course set by Hu: cautious economic reforms combined with the party's continuing monopoly on political power.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, delivers his speech and introduces the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee from left are Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang, Liaoning Party Secretary Li Keqiang, head of Communist Party Ideology Department Li Changchun, Premier Wen Jiabao, National People's Congress Chairman Wu Bangguo, Chairman of...
Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, delivers his speech and introduces the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee from left are Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang, Liaoning Party Secretary...   (Associated Press)
A Chinese protester shouting Down with corruption is hauled away near the Great Hall of the People where the 17th Communist Party Congress is held in Beijing, China, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007. More than 2,200 delegates to a weeklong Communist Party congress were expected Sunday to select a Central...
A Chinese protester shouting "Down with corruption" is hauled away near the Great Hall of the People where the 17th Communist Party Congress is held in Beijing, China, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007. More than...   (Associated Press)
People watch live TV coverage of Chinese President Hu Jintao as he introduces members of the Politburo Standing Committee, on a screen in Beijing Monday Oct. 22, 2007. The Standing Committee, the inner circle of Chinese political power, was paraded in front of assembled media in Beijing's Great Hall of...
People watch live TV coverage of Chinese President Hu Jintao as he introduces members of the Politburo Standing Committee, on a screen in Beijing Monday Oct. 22, 2007. The Standing Committee, the inner...   (Associated Press)
Xi Jinping, Shanghai Party Secretary, reacts as he is introduced to the media as part of the new Politburo Standing Committee, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People Monday Oct. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Xi Jinping, Shanghai Party Secretary, reacts as he is introduced to the media as part of the new Politburo Standing Committee, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People Monday Oct. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Ng...   (Associated Press)
Members of the Politburo Standing Committee from left, National People's Congress Chairman Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin, Shanghai Party Secretary Xi Jinping, and He Guoqiang, the head of the Communist Party Organization Department stands while President Hu Jintao, unseen, deliver a speech at...
Members of the Politburo Standing Committee from left, National People's Congress Chairman Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin, Shanghai Party Secretary...   (Associated Press)
Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, delivers his speech and introduces the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee, from left, Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang, Liaoning Party Secretary Li Keqiang, head of Communist Party Ideology Department Li Changchun, Premier Wen Jiabao, National People's Congress Chairman Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the...
Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, delivers his speech and introduces the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee, from left, Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang, Liaoning Party Secretary Li...   (Associated Press)
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