China's New Leadership: Unveiled (Page 5 of 8)

Yu Zhengsheng

Born in April 1945, Yu Zhengsheng is one of the oldest members of the Politburo, having joined the CCP in 1964 and been first elected as an alternative member to the Central Committee during the 14th Party Congress in 1992. Yu also has the‘‘princeling’’ pedigree to match his experience, including a father who was once married to Jiang Qing, Mao’s third and final wife. Yu’s family connections haven’t always helped him, however, as his brother, a high-ranking intelligence officer, defected to the United States in 1985, somehow not derailing Yu’s career entirely in the process.

Yu received a degree in missile engineering and worked on radio communication for much of his early years. Later he served as mayor of two cities in Shandong before joining the central government as minister of construction. More recently he was the party chief of Hubei Province and, since 2007, has been the party secretary of Shanghai.

Yu’s seniority was likely important in him landing a spot on the PSC as the CCP leadership appears to have opted for the more experienced contenders over younger rising stars like Wang Yang. His age may limit his activity as a PSC member, however. In 2010 Yu described his experience hosting the Shanghai World Expo as “extremely tiring.”

Yu is fairly conservative politically speaking. That being said, he has sometimes yielded to public pressure in recent years, such as when he called a new round of hearings on a proposed maglev rail line in response to protests. More curiously, the CYL newspaper reported in March that Yu responded in an open letter to a Shanghai-based netizin’s complaints about the health care his father had received when battling cancer. According to the newspaper article, in the letter Yu admitted that the healthcare system had numerous shortcomings and vowed to improve it in the manner that the netizen had demanded. On the other hand, Yu has been criticized for his handling of the tragic 2010 fire that burned down a high-rise building in Shanghai, killing 58 people. Many contractors were detained in the aftermath, and two officials were later dismissed while many others were reprimanded, but Yu escaped from the incident unscathed.

Yu is considered a protégé of both Deng Xiaoping, having worked for Deng’s son, Pufang, as well as Jiang Zemin, who he worked under at the Ministry of Electronics Industry. Although Yu is seen as cut from the Shanghai growth-first cloth, he said in an interview with Renmin Ribao in August that “modernization is a process of mankind adapting to the changes of the times and pursuing civilization and progress rather than merely an economic take-off.”

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March 24, 2013 at 23:23

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ch
December 12, 2012 at 17:07

China still has lots of problems, but it is getting better and better. All we Chinese have to do is to wait a bit longer. 

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Noel Worthy
November 19, 2012 at 17:55

John Chan, sir, I'm talking about and I'm sure you know who I'm talking about when I mention the Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience who have been and still are Murdered for their organs. You must know about the PLAC'S 610 arm. Yes there are crime syndicates that are involved too(Arthur Borges in reply to you)but, I'm talking about a STATE here, a government that that is in the seat of power, not some criminal gang, but countries government that's doing the killing……a BIG difference to criminals, although some see the CCP as nothing but criminals!
In regard to the USA's prison population, yeah no problem with that stat, but do we really no how many are in China's jails? How many Black Jails are there? How many people detained in their own homes, if we did then that figure may be pass the USA.What about those detained in Psychiatric Hospitals as a means of imprisonment?  Of course we will never know because Beijing denies such practices, however there are just too many of the normal Chinese citizens who have spoken out about their time in these "Black holes" to deny their existence. I wonder how many petitioners were detained during the recent 18th event?
So anyway, to my point, When Will The CCP Stop The Murder For Organs?

Arthur Borges
November 18, 2012 at 18:11

You have strange ideas about China, Noel. Mainland Chinese crime rates are low and most police officers are unarmed except for a cellphone with an app for the crime information database.
Organ harvesting from convicts sentenced to death? Yep it happened. They just changed the law to stop that though. What happens to organs of the executed in the West, though? France has no death penalty, but the law assumes you're an organ donor unless you make a proactive declaration that you don't want to donate but most Frenchmen don't know that donation is the default option and would grumble if they did. I guess it's the same in most EU countries. To be fair there is a worldwide shortage of organs and entire crime syndicates involved in  kidnapping and murder for purposes of organ trafficking. China is prosecuting one sharp organ dealer who got a 12-year-old kid to surrender a kidney in exchange for iPad. The was really proud of himself when he got home but his parents went through the roof when they found out how he paid for it. Anyhow, the cops looked up the dealer and dragged him away.

John Chan
November 18, 2012 at 11:26

@Noel Worthy,
Can you name one nation in the world there is no crime including murder and illegal medical activity? Mind you the USA has the largest prison population in the world; sun reflection from the razor barbed wired prison camps dotted along the USA trans-state highway is quite a sight.
 
China is a democracy with Chinese characteristic not a utopia, but there are laws prohibit forced organ transplants and activities cause bodily harm, anybody carrying out forced organ transplant and murder is breaking laws, committing crimes and is punishable by laws; mind you the punishment in China is quite severe.
 
Asking Chinese leaders to stop crimes themselves is like asking Obama to stop murder and illegal organ transplant himself, it is just plain silly. You should urge the new Chinese leaders to pay more attention to those crimes instead.

Noel Worthy
November 17, 2012 at 23:38

Will they stop the Murder and and Live Forced Organ transplants?

Arthur Borges
November 17, 2012 at 21:28

It's always fun to read rhetoric about "endless politically jockeying" (it's over now, right?), tenuous purges (Gen. P wasn't purged, right?) or getting "brought back from exile" (like Nixon maybe?). Then there's Deng "towering" around (unknown inside the Beltway, right?)
But to throw in a few details, many of the seven have family living abroad, anywhere from Malaysia to the USA and I'd be surprised if even one of them does not have a son or daughter with at least a bachelor's degree from somewhere in Europe or North America. Under Mao, Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping were essentially the only two who had really lived broad — Deng was even an internationally ranked bridge player, a pastime he continued in retirement. As for Zhou, he was entirely at ease in any company.
What is interesting about this set of leaders who govern collegially (!), is that there is a preponderance of social scientists and with good reason: What brings down the dynasties in Chinese history is grassroots revolt. It is very well to classify leaders as belonging to the Hu or Jiang social networks but, in either case, no unsubverted member of the leadership will lose sight of this fundamental historical fact.
If the IMF keeps going around telling most of its victims to cut social spending, it has been amusingly telling China to spend more on this line item, so OECD members should be happy that grassroots consumers can be predicted to need to save less but alas, history is what it is here and history has written into the local DNA that she is a laundry list of natural and manmade catastrophes, so keep saving up.
Expect no changes in Chinese policy about her territorial claims however. I understand Washington backtracked seriously over the Diaoyu/Senkaku thingie when Chinese buyers failed to turn up at the Fed auction of US Treasurys and the response was to send a high-level US team to Beijing to discuss it but, um, they never got to see the folks they had hoped to influence.
 
 

John Chan
November 17, 2012 at 05:46

The Chinese names of the 7 members of CCP’s Politburo Standing Committee are
习近平, 李克强, 张德江, 俞正声, 刘云山, 王岐山, 张高丽.

venze
November 16, 2012 at 12:37

 
We doubt the new leaders would implement whatever reforms that soon. Apparently, they want to maintain the status quo, at least for the first couple of years to consolidate their learning curves.
None of the 7 (reduced from 9) powerful members of the Standing Committee has been sufficiently exposed to the international arena, and practically none had been educated or given work experience overseas. They need to equip themselves adequately to deal with foreign affairs first.  (btt1943, vzc1943)

November 16, 2012 at 11:52

What’s here to read!

Charles Hale
November 16, 2012 at 08:28

It would be very helpful if you were to publish the leaders' names in Hanzi as well as in pinyin.
Thanks and best wishes,
C. Hale

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