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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



Zeng Qinghong

Zeng Qinghong

Zeng Qinghong belongs to the elite group of China's "princelings", the children of veteran Communist Party revolutionaries.

His father, Zeng Shan, a Red Army veteran, was minister of internal affairs in 1960 and vice mayor of Shanghai in 1949.

His mother, Deng Liuqin, was in charge of the Shanghai-based East China Kindergarten where the children of many senior officials were brought up.

But it is his work for Jiang Zemin which has ensured his political rise. His most recent job was to head the Party's important Organisation Department, overseeing all appointments and promotions.

Mr Zeng, a Beijing-trained engineer, joined Mr Jiang when he was Shanghai Party secretary in the mid-1980s.

When Mr Jiang was transferred to Beijing after the 1989 pro-democracy student movement, the one adviser he chose to take with him was Mr Zeng.

Throughout his career Mr Zeng has concentrated on promoting Mr Jiang's leadership and thinking.

He has strengthened Mr Jiang's position by promoting members of the president's Shanghai faction to leading central and regional posts.

But some analysts believe that once he holds power in his own right, Mr Zeng will be more adventurous than Mr Jiang. He is even rumoured to favour introducing political reforms.

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