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BALANCE OF FACTIONAL POWER IN CHINA: The Seventeenth Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party
Unformatted Document Text:  12 there were 20 members identified as children of former high-ranking officials. In the Seventeenth CC, 27 are princelings: 23 full members and four alternate members (Table 3). <<TABLE 3 NEAR HERE>> Noticeably, out of 25 full members of the Politburo, eight are princelings. Two of them are new members of the Politburo Standing Committee. Zhou Yongkang (1942-), former minister of Public Security and a member of the Sixteenth Politburo and the Sixteenth Secretariat, was promoted to the Seventeenth Politburo Standing Committee. He has replaced Luo Gan as the man in charge of political and legal affairs in China. Zhou Yongkang was not known as a princeling until 2007 when his father is discovered to have been a high-ranking official. His father, Zhou Yiping (1915-1990), a native of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, joined the CCP in 1938 and was deputy political commissar of the Commission of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense (CSTIND) between 1982 and 1985. 23 Xi Jinping (1953-), another new member of the Politburo Standing Committee and a member of the Secretariat, is son of Xi Zhongxun (1913-2002), vice premier of the State Council between April 1959 and October 1962 and one of key allies of Deng Xiaoping in economic reforms and opening to the outside world in the 1980s. In addition to these two standing members, there are six other members of the Politburo who are considered princelings. Similar to Zhou Yongkang, Zhang Dejiang was found a princeling in 2007. Zhang Dejiang was party secretary of Guangdong Province and member of the Sixteenth Politburo and is a member of the Seventeenth Politburo. His father, Major General Zhang Zhiyi (1912-1997), was the only general from his hometown, Tai’an County of Liaoning Province and was former deputy commander of the Artillery Troops of the Guangzhou Military Region and deputy commander and acting commander of the Artillery Troops of the Jinan Military Region. 24 Yu Zhengsheng, also a member of both the Sixteenth Politburo and the Seventeenth Politburo and party secretary of Shanghai since October 2007, however, has been very well known

Authors: Bo, Zhiyue.
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there were 20 members identified as children of former high-ranking officials. In the Seventeenth
CC, 27 are princelings: 23 full members and four alternate members (Table 3).
<<TABLE 3 NEAR HERE>>
Noticeably, out of 25 full members of the Politburo, eight are princelings. Two of them are
new members of the Politburo Standing Committee. Zhou Yongkang (1942-), former minister of
Public Security and a member of the Sixteenth Politburo and the Sixteenth Secretariat, was
promoted to the Seventeenth Politburo Standing Committee. He has replaced Luo Gan as the man in
charge of political and legal affairs in China. Zhou Yongkang was not known as a princeling until
2007 when his father is discovered to have been a high-ranking official. His father, Zhou Yiping
(1915-1990), a native of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, joined the CCP in 1938 and was deputy political
commissar of the Commission of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense
(CSTIND) between 1982 and 1985.
23
Xi Jinping (1953-), another new member of the Politburo
Standing Committee and a member of the Secretariat, is son of Xi Zhongxun (1913-2002), vice
premier of the State Council between April 1959 and October 1962 and one of key allies of Deng
Xiaoping in economic reforms and opening to the outside world in the 1980s.
In addition to these two standing members, there are six other members of the Politburo
who are considered princelings. Similar to Zhou Yongkang, Zhang Dejiang was found a princeling
in 2007. Zhang Dejiang was party secretary of Guangdong Province and member of the Sixteenth
Politburo and is a member of the Seventeenth Politburo. His father, Major General Zhang Zhiyi
(1912-1997), was the only general from his hometown, Tai’an County of Liaoning Province and
was former deputy commander of the Artillery Troops of the Guangzhou Military Region and
deputy commander and acting commander of the Artillery Troops of the Jinan Military Region.
24
Yu Zhengsheng, also a member of both the Sixteenth Politburo and the Seventeenth
Politburo and party secretary of Shanghai since October 2007, however, has been very well known


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