Zhao Leji 赵乐际

Head of Organization Department


Politburo Member with a long career in Qinghai (which encompasses large parts of Tibet). Possible Politburo Standing Committee member in 2017

Zhao Leji


Pronunciation: Jow (as in how) Ler-jee soundbite
Born: 1957 in Xining, Qinghai Province
Education: Joined the CPC in 1975 as a student of philosophy at Beijing University.
Career: Past career was largely in Qinghai Province, where he rose to Party Secretary between 2003 and 2007. From 2007 to 2012 he was Party Secretary of Shaanxi Province. Promoted to be Head of the influential Central Organization (personnel) Department in November 2012.
Prospects: Promoted to the Politburo in 2012. Also a member of the Central Committee Secretariat. Could be a contender for further promotion in 2017 but will be near retirement age in 2022.
Relevance to Tibet: A rising Chinese leader with work experience in Qinghai Province.

Standing in the Party and Career Highlights:

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Zhao Leji is one of those named by 3 anonymous sources (quoted by Willy Lam in April 2015 in Foreign Policy) as a 5th generation leader who could join the Politburo Standing Committee in 2017 – the others being Wang Huning and Li Zhanshu. 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.

Zhao Leji’s Contact Information:

“The national headquarters of the Central Organization Department occupy an unmarked building in Beijing, about a kilometre west of Tiananmen Square along the broad sweep of Chang’an Avenue. No sign hangs outside indicating the business of the building’s tenant. The department’s general switchboard number is unlisted. Calls from landlines in the building to mobile phones do not display an incoming number, as is customary for ordinary phones, just a string of zeros.”

    (Richard McGregor, writing in ‘The Party’). So best to try…..

  • Address: Zhongnanhai, Xi Chang’an Jie, Beijing 100017.
  • Website: www.gov.cn
  • Phone: + 86 10 63070913
  • Fax: + 86 10 63070900

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