New Zhijiang Army
The New Zhijiang Army (simplified Chinese: 之江新军; traditional Chinese: 之江新軍; pinyin: Zhījiāng Xīnjūn), is a term used by observers to represent political figures in the Communist Party of China who held important provincial and local posts during Xi Jinping's term as Communist Party Secretary of Zhejiang province. The "new army" refers to people who were closely associated with Xi and identifies with his political views, and who have since then taken on prominent political posts at the provincial level or in central party and state organs.
The term was first widely used by Ma Haoliang (马浩亮), editor at Hong Kong-based newspaper Ta Kung Pao in an article entitled the New Zhijiang Army of Chinese Politics. The term Zhijiang refers to the Qiantang River, which runs through the province, but is often used as a poetic reference for the greater Zhejiang region. The term was initially used as title to Xi Jinping's book Zhijiang Xinyu (之江新语), a book compiling the political philosophies of Xi Jinping during his five-year term as party chief of Zhejiang, published in 2007.
|Name||Born||Office held in Zhejiang during Xi's term||Office held at present|
|December 1955||Party Secretary of Quzhou, Party Secretary of Taizhou||Party Secretary of Beijing|
|November 1956||Head of the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China|
|March 1961||Chief executive of China Baowu Steel Group|
|October 1955||Party Secretary of Ningbo||Party Secretary of Jilin province|
|October 1959||Party Secretary of Lishui||Governor of Shanxi province|
|December 1952||Deputy Party Secretary of Zhejiang||Vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference|
|July 1959||Secretary-General of Zhejiang Party Committee||Party Secretary of Shanghai|
|September 1960||Director of Zhejiang provincial party Propaganda Department||Party Secretary of Chongqing|
|November 1957||Director of Supervision Department, Zhejiang
President of Zhejiang High Court
Deputy Secretary of Zhejiang Discipline Inspection Commission
|Mayor of Shanghai|
|1968||Xi's chief of staff||Senior Colonel of the People's Liberation Army|
Deputy Director of the General Office of the Central Military Commission
|1956||Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong|
|September 1953||Head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China|
|February 1955||Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission|
Other politicians have been named by Chinese-language media as associates of Xi Jinping. They have known or worked under him as a result of their regional tenures in Shaanxi province (Xi's "home province"), the southeast (Zhejiang and Fujian provinces), or through Tsinghua University, where Xi spent time in his youth. Those named include Li Zhanshu, Huang Xingguo (since disgraced), Liu He, Chen Xi, He Yiting, Wang Xiaohong, Li Shulei, and Li Xi. In the military, Liu Yazhou, Zhang Youxia, and Liu Yuan have been named as some of Xi's top associates.
- Ma, Haoliang (29 December 2014). "中国政坛的"之江新军"". Ta Kung Po via Mingjing.
- ""習近平智囊走出幕後'習家軍'全面亮相 Xi Jinping zhinang zouchu muhou 'Xi Jiajun' quanmian liangxiang (The brain trust of Xi Jinping. Going behind the scenes. The 'Xi clan' fully revealed)"". 新唐人電視臺 Xintangren dianshitai. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
- 楊 Yang, 光 Guang. ""習近平的山頭主義用人路線 Xi Jinping de shantou zhuyi yongren luxian (The cliquish cadre promotion line of Xi Jinping)"". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
- Reuters via Deutsche Welle