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Key Members of China's Ruling Communist Party

By VOA News October 25, 2017

Key members of China's Politburo Standing Committee, the highest body of the ruling Communist Party:

1. Xi Jinping

Age: 64

Position: Party General Secretary/State President

Life/Career: Son of a communist elder, survived China's Cultural Revolution before graduating from prestigious Tsinghua University Head of Chinese Communist Party since 2012, state president since 2013, has moved China towards a more assertive posture in both regional and world affairs; has overseen aggressive military build-up in South China Sea, ignoring competing territorial claims of Asia-Pacific neighbors; name enshrined in Communist Party constitution along with Mao Zedong and economic reformer Deng Xioping.

2. Li Keqiang

Age: 62

Position: Premier

Life/Career: Son of minor party officials; earned law degree from Peking University. Protégé of late Chinese leader Hu Jintao, rose through ranks to lead Communist Youth League before becoming China's youngest governor in 1988 at age 43.

3. Li Zhanshu

Age: 67

Position: Director, Chinese Communist Party's General Office

Life/Career: Held numerous leadership posts in rural China before named governor of Heilongjiang; served as party secretary in poor southern province of Guizhou for two years before he was given seat on the Politburo in 2012; effectively serves as Xi Jinping's chief of staff, plays prominent role in foreign affairs.

4. Wang Yang

Age: 62

Position: Vice Premier

Life/Career: former party chief of Guangdong province; widely seen as economic reformer who wants to boost private sector and transform China's economy from heavily reliant on industry to one driven by consumption and innovation.

5. Wang Huning

Age: 62

Position: Director: Central Policy Research Council

Life/Career: former academic at Shanghai's Fudan University, specializing in international relations and law; key policy advisor to former presidents Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.

6. Zhao Leiji

Age: 60

Position: Director, Communist Party's Central Organization Department, anti-corruption chief

Life/Career: former party secretary for western Shaanxi province.

7. Han Zheng

Age: 63

Position: Shanghai party chief

Life/Career: became Shanghai's youngest mayor in 2003 at age 48; named Shanghai party chief in 2012.

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