Following are brief sketches of the seven members of the Chinese Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee, the country's most powerful body revealed on Thursday, in order of seniority. The fifth generation of CPC leaders was formally unveiled to the media at the cavernous Great Hall
of People overlooking Tiananmen Square in an event telecast live all over the country, bringing an end to the intense jockeying for power among various sections of the world's biggest political party having reported membership of over 80 million.
XI JINPING: The son of a revered communist revolutionary, Xi, 59, is the new general secretary of the party. He is expected to become national president in March.
Xi is said to be backed by former president Jiang Zemin, who remains influential today, but is widely considered a consensus figure in China's factional politics.
He has served as top leader in Shanghai and the coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, all of them economically successful. His wife Peng Liyuan is a famous singer who holds the rank of army general, while their daughter studies at Harvard University.
LI KEQIANG: A bureaucrat with an unusually easy smile for China's colourless Communist officials, Li moves up in the party hierarchy and is due to be named prime minister in March, tasked with running the world's second-largest economy.
Vice Premier Li, 57, has held top posts in Henan and Liaoning provinces and was promoted to the Standing Committee in 2007. Long linked to outgoing President Hu Jintao, Li speaks English and has a law degree from Peking University.
ZHANG DEJIANG: Born in November 1946, Zhang was installed as party secretary of the mega-city of Chongqing in February to replace disgraced Bo Xilai, whose fall amid scandal added to the usual factional uncertainty ahead of this year's reshuffle.
An economics graduate of Kim Il-Sung University in North Korea, Zhang has been vice premier in charge of energy, telecommunications and transportation since 2008.
Believed to be a protege of Jiang Zemin, he has been party boss of the economically booming provinces of Zhejiang and Guangdong.
YU ZHENGSHENG: Yu, 67, has been party secretary of Shanghai since 2007, when he replaced the promoted Xi Jinping. A previous party secretary of Hubei province, Yu studied at the Harbin Military Engineering Institute.
The son of Yu Qiwei, a party elder better known as Huang Jing, Yu is considered a Communist "princeling" and reportedly enjoyed good ties with Deng Xiaoping -- respected late architect of China's economic resurrection three decades ago -- and is friends with Deng's son, Deng Pufang.
LIU YUNSHAN: Liu, 65, has been the Party propaganda chief since 2002. A former reporter for the state news agency Xinhua in Inner Mongolia in the mid-1970s, Liu became vice party secretary for the region in 1992.
Widely viewed as a conservative. As head of the party's Propaganda Department for the past 10 years, Liu has tightened controls over domestic media even as he encouraged big state media to expand overseas to purvey the government's line.
Liu, 65, rose through the ranks in Inner Mongolia. He has a foot in each of two political camps. He started his career in the Youth League, outgoing President Hu Jintao's power base, but in the past decade also served a conservative ideology czar who was a staunch supporter of party elder Jiang.
WANG QISHAN: Wang, 64, is currently vice premier. He is a former Beijing mayor, Guangdong boss, and vice governor of the People's Bank of China.
An English speaker, he represents China in economic talks with the United States and European Union, whose leaders have praised him for his efforts to help advance economic ties.
He is reportedly married to the daughter of a standing committee member from the Deng Xiaoping era, and is often grouped with the princeling faction.
ZHANG GAOLI: Born November 1946, Zhang has been party secretary of Tianjin municipality since 2007. Trained as an economist, he spent decades in the southern business hub of Guangdong, rising to provincial vice party secretary.
Ran the booming city of Shenzhen, next to Hong Kong, in the late 1990s and later served as party secretary of Shandong province in eastern China. Reportedly a protege of Jiang Zemin and close to Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing.
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