Li Zhanshu 栗战书

Xi Jinping’s Chief of Staff


None directly, but close to Xi Jinping as his Chief of staff/Troubleshooter. Likely to travel extensively with Xi.

Li Zhanshu


Pronunciation: Lee Jahn-shoe
Born: 1950, Hebei Province
Education: Early education not known. A student of the Harbin Institute of Technology 2005 – 2007.
Career: Worked in Hebei for 25 years, serving alongside Xi Jinping in the 1980s, then successive posts in Xi’an City (Shaanxi) and Heilongjiang Province, rising to Governor 2008 – 2010, before becoming Party Secretary of Guizhou Province 2010 – 2012.
Prospects: Politburo Member, Director of Central Committee General Office and Member of the Secretariat. This position has been significantly “beefed up”; his predecessor (see below) was not in the Politburo.
Relevance to Tibet: None directly, but close to, and likely to be influential with, China’s most senior leader

Standing in the Party and Career Highlights:

An alternate Member of the 16th and 17th Central Committees, and full Member of the 18th Central Committee. Member of the 18th Politburo.

Li’s appointment attracted significant press coverage; this was partly because Xi Jinping was demonstrating he was not afraid to move one of his own protégés into an influential position by ousting a man loyal to Hu Jintao, but also because the man ousted, Ling Jihua, had been damaged by a scandal involving his son and a a Ferrari. For example see the New York Times, September 2012.

Li Zhanshu’s Contact Information:

  • Address: Zhongnanhai, Xi Chang’an Jie, Beijing 100017.
  • Website:
  • Phone: + 86 10 6307 0913
  • Fax: + 86 10 6307 0900

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