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Hu
Jintao

Wu
Bangguo

Wen
Jiabao

Jia
Qinglin

Zeng
Qinghong

Huang
Ju

Wu
Guanzheng

Li
Changchun

Luo
Gan

Jiang Zemin
Jiang Zemin
Li Peng
Li Peng
Zhu Rongji
Zhu Rongji
Li Ruihuan
Li Ruihuan
Hu Jintao
Hu Jintao
Wei Jianxing
Wei Jianxing
Li Lanqing
Li Lanqing



Jia Qinglin

Jia Qinglin

Jia Qinglin owes his political survival to Jiang Zemin, who took care to protect him when a corruption scandal enveloped his wife.

Some analysts believe that Mr Jia's promotion to the Standing Committee is entirely due to Mr Jiang’s patronage.

They also say Mr Jia will be seen as a surrogate for Mr Jiang himself, taking care to protect his patron’s name and interests.

Mr Jia, 62, has been a close friend of Mr Jiang for decades, even acting as best man at his wedding, according to some reports.

Mr Jia was Party chief and governor of the southern province of Fujian when it was hit by a corruption and bribery scandal involving the Yuanhua group in the mid 1990s.

Dozens of senior leaders, including Mr Jia’s wife, were implicated in the scandal, although she has always protested her innocence.

Despite this apparent set-back, Mr Jia was promoted in 1996 - on Mr Jiang’s orders - to take over as Party chief in Beijing.

He stepped down in October, presumably in order to free him for higher office.

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