Analysis: A New CCP Representatives List
On February 27, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Standing
Committee of the National People’s Congress announced
the list of the representatives of the 12 session of the NPC,
confirming 2,987 people’s qualifications to be valid.
CCP mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency reported that, officials
in the party and government became significantly lower.
Grassroots officials significantly increased. The analysts
believe that the focus on NPC should be the distribution of
top echelon places, rather than who is representative.
If the vote is in line with the will of the CCP according to
the way of the CCP, it does not matter who is the representative.
The list of representatives of the 12th session of the NPC is
considered an important indicator of the official personnel layout.
Central News Agency quoted sources as saying that unless
there are last-minute changes, Wang Yi, 59-year-old
former ambassador to Japan may be assigned as
Wang Yi had been stationed in Japan in 2004-2007.
By convention, the Cabinet of Ministers and chiefs of the
state council will not be elected representatives of the NPC
However, current members, Foreign minister Yang Jiechi,
Supervision Minister Ma Bo, Minister of Finance Xie Xuren,
Minister of Railways Sheng Guangzu, Health Minister
Chen Zhu were selected as the representatives of the 12th session of the NPC.
The analysis pointed out it indicates that
their duties may change.
As for the seven Politburo Standing Committee members,
Xi Jinping is in the Shanghai group,
Li Keqiang in the Shandong group,
Zhang Dejiang in the Jilin group,
Yu Zhengsheng in the Hubei group,
Liu Yunshan in the Inner Mongolia group,
Wang Qishan in the Beijing group,
Zhang Gaoli in Tianjin group. Some of
these places are their hometown, or where they had worked.
However, Li Keqiang seems not to be related to
Wang Yang failed to become a member, membership
of the Political Bureau Standing Committee went to his hometown Anhui group.
Takungpao analysis from past practice,
if in a provincial delegation,
there is no current leader of the CCP or the nation,
during the two sessions elections,
someone will be elected as the new national leader.
It is reported that, in the list of 2,987 delegates, the proportion
of party and government officials dropped to 35% nominally.
It was analyzed, many officials changed to intellectuals,
the so-called grassroots representatives are specified workers and peasants.
The CCP prohibits independent candidates to run in an
election, therefore there is no democratic process.
For Dr. Wang Juntao of Columbia University
political science, the focus of this session is the distribution of high-level personnel,as to what class of people are what percentage,
there is no connection.
Dr. Wang Juntao: “No matter in which class the CCP elected
the representatives, they just dressed in the cloak of that class,
but the heart is that of the CCP.
The CCP choses loyal representatives who will listen to it.
If they vote according to the will of the CCP, the vote is meaningless."
However, Wang Juntao said, some changes may happen in
the distribution of high-level personnel of the CCP.
Wang Juntao: “Last year Wang Lijun fled to the U.S. consulate,
which led to the personnel change of the entire 18th NPC,
focusing on the issue of Jiang Zemin, Ling Jihua’s son,
Bo Xilai’s downfall etc.,
the personnel of the 18th NPC completely changed, overturned
the original personnel arrangements during the 17th NPC.”
Since 1998, the leading group of the State Council had been
fixed at ten people, including one chief, four deputy chiefs and five committee members.
The new list of the 12th session of the NPC also affects the
State Council’s ten person group.
It is learned that the Deputy Prime Minister is served by
the Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau,
the Deputy Prime Minister is a Politburo member.
State Councilor’s party duties are not fixed,
some are Politburo members, secretaries of the Secretariat,
some are just members of the Central Committee.
But all are the leaders of the CCP.
Upon learning that the Governor of Calif. was coming to visit,
Wang Juntao pointed out that in the past, the CCP had
the characteristics of the Prime Minister and the
Deputy Prime Minister basically belonging to two factions.
Wang Juntao: “If Li Keqiang becomes Prime Minister,
Wang Yang as the Deputy Prime Minister, they are in the same group.
If not, the two positions will belong to two groups.
It is highly possible it will be Zhang Gaoli,
because he is a member of the Standing Committee.
In general, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister
are members of the Standing Committee.
If counted as seven people, only Li Keqiang
is in the Youth Communist group.
Others, no matter who will become Deputy Prime
Minister, they are all in Jiang’s group.”
It is worth mentioning that in this list of representatives,
the People’s Liberation Army representatives are significantly overstaffed.