After the 19th Party Congress: Promotions, anti-corruption, and a scramble to research Xi Jinping Thought – China’s latest political and current affairs news

Here is a rundown of the major developments in Chinese politics since the closing of the 19th Party Congress on October 24:

  • Xi has a new team to govern China with him on the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) — see SupChina’s summary.
  • State media revealed that the Party had scrapped internal straw polls, something the Financial Times described as a “very limited experiment in democracy” among China’s leading politicians, possibly part of Xi’s effort to stamp out the influence of the Communist Youth League — see SupChina’s summary.
  • Reuters reports that Li Xi 李希 has been appointed Party chief of Guangdong Province, a more prestigious job than his current role leading Liaoning Province. His new post was vacated by Hu Chunhua 胡春华, who now sits on the 25-member Politburo.
  • Reuters also said that Li Qiang 李强 is set to replace Han Zheng 韩正, the party boss in Shanghai who got promoted to the PBSC. Li Qiang is a strong loyalist to General Secretary Xi — Sinocism points out (paywall) that “Li was among the first provincial leaders to refer to Xi as the ‘core’ before the 2016 Sixth Plenum.” See also a piece on Li’s background by the South China Morning Post, which describes him as “a keen supporter of the private sector.”
  • The anti-corruption campaign previously spearheaded by Wang Qishan 王岐山, now led by Zhao Leji 赵乐际, is set to expand, despite already having snared nearly 1.4 million officials. SCMP says that authorities are moving to set up a new agency called the National Supervisory Commission, which “will investigate, question, search, detain and take disciplinary action against not just…party cadres suspected of corruption, but all public officials and staff.” The commission will be a nationwide expansion of a pilot program in Beijing, Zhejiang Province, and Shanxi Province that officials said was successful, SCMP notes.
  • In the six days since Xi Jinping Thought was enshrined in the Party constitution, at least 20 higher-education institutions have established research institutes dedicated to the topic, according to Agence France-Presse.

—Lucas Niewenhuis

Lucas Niewenhuis

Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company’s newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.