He has a special connection with West as his first wife, daughter of a former Chinese ambassador to London, lived in England and his daughter, Pei Liyuan, a Chinese folk singer, is studying at Harvard University.
Next runner for the leadership is Li Keqiang. At the age of 57, he is youngest of all contenders. He is PhD in economics and one of the politicians who can speak fluent English. Even though he hails from a low class family in Anhui province's Dingyuan county and whose father was a low ranking government official, Mr Li was one of the first students admitted to Peking University's law school in 1977. Before that Mr Li also worked on farms and at the age of 19 worked with farmers as a part of campaign "re-educate intellectuals" for 4 years.?
He is also famous for his sharp-tongue and wit but also criticised as a rigid man, "who will not challenge authority on major issues”. He was very much attached with the local politics and country that he spurned the opportunity to go and study in the US. But he was, by one of his friends, described as a bookworm who always kept books beside him and never missed a chance to study. And this habit of him made him a man who is reported to have translated a book by Lord Alfred Denning, the British judge who wrote the 1963 report on the Profumo Affair.?
His political career started when he joined Communist Party’s Youth League and met Hu Jintao, China's outgoing president and made him his political mentor. With all his hard work after that he became the China's youngest ever governor in 1998. But the most famous tag attached with him is of a 'corruption fighter', who worked hard for common man and is known for his commitment to the poor.
Now take a look at the next runner, 61-year-old Li Yuancha and son of a communist party official and deputy mayor of Shanghai. Even he also worked on farms before starting his full-fledged career in politics. He was a mathematics student at Fudan University in Shanghai and after completing studies served in the Communist Youth League with Li Keqiang, Liu Yandong and Hu Jintao in the 1980s.?
In 2003, party made him the province's party secretary and the director of the Communist party's Organisation department in 2007.??
Another contender is 65-year-old Zhang Dejiang, born in the northeastern province of Liaoning. He entered politics to replace Bo Xilai as the Chongqing party secretary. Before that he studied in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang for two years.??After spending about 10 years as the member of the expanded politburo, Zhang Dejiang became party chief in Guangdong when the SARS crisis broke out in 2002. At that time he faced heavy criticism for his role in hampering press coverage. In 2008 he became a member of China's cabinet, the State council.?
Next candidate is Yu Zhengsheng. He is a missile engineer who studied ballistic missile engineering at the Harbin Institute of Military Engineering. Born in the family of first mayor of Tianjin who died when Yu Zhengsheng was 12 years old. After that he was raised by his journalist mother.?
Yu Zhengsheng is the "princeling" party secretary of Shanghai and joined Communist Party in 1964. Eventually became mayor of Qingdao and Yantai. He is famous for pushing his radical ideas.?
Next in the competition is Wang Qisha, who is a former financier and who helped untangle a multi-billion dollar banking crisis in Guangdong province. He also cleared the SARS crisis in Beijing and planned the 2008 Olympic Games.?He is described as a most respected politician and known as "bold, decisive and inquisitive, with a wicked sense of humour". He began his career as a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.??He joined the China Rural Trust & Investment Corp. and then China Construction Bank and in 2000 he was made director of the Office for Economic Restructuring in Beijing and eventually became mayor of Beijing.?
Liu Yunshan came from journalism and was a former reporter for Xinhua, the state news agency. Liu is supposed to be the person responsible for creating the firewall, worked as the censorship tool that keeps the Chinese Internet separated from the rest of the world. He separated China from the world by forcing Google to pull out of China in 2010.??He also worked in inner Mongolia for more than 20 years and after that came to Beijing to join the Propaganda department.?
Zhang Gaoli is said to be a statistician by training, who also is trained by the Communist party while working at a oil refinery and became the party secretary of the booming northern city of Tianjin.?Zhang also served as the deputy governor of Guangdong province after becoming the party secretary of the Maoming Petroleum Industrial Company. He also became the party secretary of China's richest and most advanced city, Shenzhen which gave him a political kick.?
Next runner is known as a "Young Marshal" who is currently party secretary of Guangdong. 57-year-old Wang Yangis originally from Anhui province has a reputation of being one of China's more liberal politicians since 2007.?A fan of social media, Mr Wang believes media as an ideal way for people to make their voices heard. Before taking over in Guangdong in 2007 he was also a member of the Communist Party's Youth League.?
He recently ordered civil servants to take an IT course to "enrich their knowledge and improve work performance".?His beliefs in power to people made him a liberal politician who questioned Beijing's policies and state intervention in citizen's lives. He believed that people's happiness is not a gift from party and government and latter should get rid of this thinking. He clearly told congress last year that government should respect peoples' initiative so that the people boldly explore their own path to happiness.?
66-year-old woman, Liu Yandon, could become the first woman ever to join the Politburo Standing Committee. She was born in the city of Nantong as a daughter of a prominent official, Ms Liu though her family has a connection with almost all top leaders of country, as she even grew up in a nursery run by the mother of Zeng Qinghong, one of China's former top leaders.?
After growing up, she joined Communist Youth League and worked with Hu Jintao, Li Keqiang and Li Yuanchao. She at the same time studied chemical engineering at Tsinghua university.?
Currently, she is working as the director of United Front Work Department, which oversees China's relationship with Tibet and Taiwan, and her responsibility includes looking after education and culture.?
65-year-old Meng Jianzhu looks as a strongest bet for a place in standing committee. Before becoming Shanghai's vice-mayor in 1993, Mr Meng graduated from the Shanghai Mechanical Engineering Institute and worked his way up through the party ranks.?He became party secretary in Jiangxi before taking over from Zhou Yongkang, the Public Security Ministry in 2007.
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