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Li Qiang is China’s second-in-command – the initiator of the Shanghai lockdown qualified for himself for higher office in Xi Jinping’s eyes through brutality and consistent repression of the population. That pretty much says it all about the new Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party. They are the seven men who steer the destiny of 1.4 billion people. But actually, only one man is steering here. The other six members are the most loyal followers of Xi found in the party leadership, analyzes Christiane Kuehl. China is completing the transition from complex one-party rule to the dictatorship of one ruler.
While the big Party Congress ends in Beijing, Germany discusses the Port of Hamburg. China.Table learned exclusively from negotiating circles that Cosco could settle for a 24.9 percent share instead of the originally planned 35 percent. This would potentially defuse the dispute, because, at this magic number, the Chinese side would no longer have a blocking minority and thus hardly any influence on the port’s business. The state-owned shipping company wants to acquire a stake in one of the terminals in the Port of Hamburg – a plan that is being met with considerable resistance from the Greens and the liberal FDP party. Chancellor Olaf Scholz could save both the port’s status and the coalition’s peace in this way, analyzes Frank Sieren. That would indeed be a considerable milestone.
However, this is still a long way from resolving the issue of how to deal with China; the tension between dependence and threat cannot be resolved. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed in Brussels that he would fly to China with a business delegation. Directly after the party congress, Germany now comes across as an economic supplicant, that is the concern of European partners, but also in parts of the German business community. The chancellor carries the Dax-CEOs in his baggage, whose companies are particularly dependent. Xi, for his part, will receive Scholz at the height of his power.
A disturbing incident involving Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao, who is not exactly considered a fan of the president, occurred on Saturday. You have probably seen the videos by now: The somewhat frail-looking Hu had just taken his seat when a party comrade and a steward escorted him out of the hall. A political show of force by Xi? I rather suspect a health emergency, even if that is also the explanation of the official news agency Xinhua.
Xi’s loyalist Politburo
It is the moment everyone has been waiting for. Led by Xi, the seven top cadres step into the Golden Hall of the Great Hall of the People on Sunday morning Beijing time to face the waiting journalists, who had quarantined themselves for two days for this sight. And it immediately becomes clear to the observers: Xi succeeded all the way.
The new Standing Committee is made up exclusively of loyal comrades-in-arms of the strong man. This has not happened since the Mao era: Xi’s immediate predecessors always had to tolerate members of rival CP factions. Therefore, many observers expected Xi to include, at least pro forma, one or two politicians on the committee not as close to him (China.Table reported).
But it turned out differently. Xi drove out all those who were not among his loyalists. Rejuvenation took place only by adding some of his own protégés to the inner circle. This was most evident in the 63-year-old Shanghai party leader Li Qiang. Li marched right after Xi. He will thus almost certainly be China’s next premier. And that despite the fact that he was responsible for the chaotic lockdown in Shanghai – and has never been vice premier. Until now, that was considered a key prerequisite for the post of head of government.