Chinese Leaders (cn)

Hu Jintao Politburo Standing Committee

Welcome to, a site dedicated to information about China’s current and future leaders, with special relevance to Tibet.

中国 – This website, primarily intended as a resource for campaigners and supporters in the Tibet movement, features profiles of 40 key individuals, including:

  • Members of the Chinese Communist Party’s nine-person Politburo Standing Committee, the very epicentre of power in China, and other powerful Party organs such as the United Front Work Department.
  • The Government: Premiers, Vice-Premiers, State Councilors and Ministers – especially those responsible for implementing policy that affects Tibet.
  • The Party Secretaries of the 5 Chinese Provinces and Autonomous Regions that encompass Tibet.
  • Individuals who are part of the “Tibet Work Leading Group”
  • Those who are expected to hold the country’s top jobs in 2012, including some who may be at the top of the Party in 2022.

You can search the site in two ways; either visit the Chinese Leadership chart and browse profiles by clicking on named individuals. Or, if you know the name of the leader you are looking for, enter their name directly in the search engine provided.


In 2012, the current generation of China’s leaders will retire to make way for a new generation — the so-called fifth generation — who will take the helm. As ever, secrecy surrounds the process of decision-making, but there is unlikely to be a transitional crisis.

According to the critical intelligence analysts, STRATFOR, “the characteristics of the fifth generation leaders suggest a cautious and balanced civilian leadership paired with an increasingly influential and nationalist military. This will lead to frictions over policy even as both groups remain firmly committed to perpetuating the regime. The Chinese leadership that emerges from 2012 will likely be unwilling or unable to decisively carry out deep structural reforms, obsessively focused on maintaining internal stability, and more aggressive in pursuing the core strategic interests it sees as essential to this stability.”