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. Speculation that he may join the Politburo Standing Committee

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: Close to, and likely to be influential with, Xi Jinping. Possible candidate for the Politburo Standing Committee.

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 is one of those named by 3 anonymous sources (quoted by Foreign Policy) as a 5th generation leader who could join the Politburo Standing Committee in 2017 – the others being Wang Huning and Zhao Leji. If Wang Qishan also stays, this would leave little room for 6th generation leaders in the Standing Committee, and as such reinforces speculation that Xi Jinping may seek to extend his term.

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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