“Princeling” Boxilai rumored to be heading to Guangdong

March 28, 2007

According to Boxun.com, Bo Xilai who is the son of Bo Yibo, former Liaoning Party Boss, and now current Minister of Commerce, he is going to take over the reigns in Guangdong Province and serve as the Provincial Party Secretary. This would give him a highly coveted seat on the Politburo.

This goes against most speculation that says Beijing City Official Wang Qishan would be taking this post.

If this turns out to be true, it would be the second newly appointed high official that does not have a Communist Youth Party background, signaling that while Hu Jintao’s power is growing, he does not yet have the support to put his people in high-places or fill important seats on the Politburo. While Hu has been working to weed out the influence of Jiang’s Shanghai Gang, there has been strong resistance and “princelings” Xi Jinping and Boxilai could been seen as compromises. Another factor impeding Hu’s power is that most of his Communist Youth Party cadres are from the poorer interior provinces, and thus lack the kind of skills needed to manage the dynamic, international based economies of the coastal provinces.

Of course, Hu Jintao still has a number of opportunities to put his own people in, as many on the Politburo are near the mandated retirement age or are sick and out of capacity (Huangju).

薄熙来接替张德江 任广东省委书记
(博讯2007年3月28日 来稿 – 支持此文作者/记者)
中共十七大召开前夕,人事变动再次受到关注,继上海后,广东省省委书记一职也备受关注。外电传出有北京党内人士透露,张德江将调上中央,而前中共已故元老 薄一波儿子,国家商务部部长薄熙来将接替张德江,任广东省委书记一职。这意味着薄熙来将进入中共领导核心的政治局,可能是第五代领导人的重要人选。

And for kicks this is hot off the rumor mill at Observe China.

17大常委七人名单

中国信息中心 北京小道消息称,两会之前确定的17大常委七人名单如下:胡锦涛、吴邦国、温家宝、曾庆红、刘延东、周永康、李克强。这个名单主要是胡锦涛与江泽民商议,在确定留下的四常委之后,江泽民同意刘延东,提名周永康,剩下一名由胡定,胡最后确定李克强。

常委7人名单只是暂时的平衡物,中共的事情,不到最后一步,都存在极大的变数,就像16大,临开会了还没决定常委是7人还是9人,最后的记者会上,江泽民才决定出台9个人。17大权力平衡到最后,不是没有保持9人的可能。

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