Top Chinese leaders coming to India with Xi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 00:32 IST

Chinese president Xi Jinping will be accompanied by two important members of the politburo of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) — Wang Huning and Li Zhanshu during his visit to India. His wife Peng Liyuan and state councilor Yang Jiechi, the special representative of China for the boundary talks with India, will also accompany the president.

The Chinese president will be in India from September 17 to 19.

Wang Huning, director of the policy research office of the central committee of the CPC a close confidant of the president, playing an active role in Xi’s plans for the economic and military leapfrogging of China, better known as “China Dream” of President Xi.

Wang 58, also considered to be specialist on US affairs, is a strong advocate of “socialism with Chinese characteristic” and a nationalist to the core by various accounts. An Indian official who has seen him at work has termed him as “studious, professorial, low-profile to a fault. Wang also known to be a speechwriter for the president did that creditably for two previous presidents, Ziang Zemin, and Hu Jintao. Wan had also accompanied President Hu to India in 2012.

Li Zhanshu, head of the party’s general office, is another politburo member on the trip. He is also a member of the secretariat of the CPC central committee.

Li replaced Ling Jihua — who was with former President Hu during his last visit to India — as chief of the general office of the CPC central committee.

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