The year 2023 marks a new period in Chinese political life, as the sessions will complete the twice-a-decade leadership change. It is in the next two weeks that the country and the world will find out who will take new government posts.
Although no special intrigues are expected here. According to party practice, the main indicator of who will get key positions in the government in the spring was the new composition of the Politburo standing committee, approved at the XX Party Congress last fall.
And there, becoming the number two person in the party hierarchy, as you know, the head of the CPC City Committee of Shanghai, Li Qiang, who headed the administration of Xi Jinping when he was the party leader of Zhejiang Province in the early 2000s, entered. It is his approval by the new premier of the State Council instead of Li Keqiang, who resigned from the Politburo PC, that the public expects in the coming days. The rest of the key posts will go to other recent members of the Politburo PC, most of whom, if not all, are people who actively collaborated with the current President of the People’s Republic of China at various stages of his career and are categorically referred to by the Western press as Xi loyalists.
However, according to Sun Wen-Ti, an expert on Chinese politics from the Australian National University, this is an oversimplification.