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Liu Yunshan (simplified Chinese: 刘云山; traditional Chinese: 劉雲山; pinyin: Liú Yúnshān; born July 1947) is a retired Chinese politician. He was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, the de facto top decision-making body of China, between 2012 and 2017; he was broadly tasked with the work of the party's secretariat, overseeing propaganda and ideological indoctrination, as well as party organization, in addition to serving as President of the Central Party School.[1] Liu built his career in Inner Mongolia, working initially as a teacher, then a Xinhua
Xinhua
reporter, before entering the Communist Youth League and the Inner Mongolia
Inner Mongolia
party propaganda department. He had a short stint working as the Party Secretary of the city of Chifeng, in Inner Mongolia. Between 2002 and 2012, Liu served as the head of the Central Propaganda Department. Liu, generally perceived by observers to be a conservative and orthodox Communist, oversaw the gradual tightening of internet controls in China during his tenure, as well as an overall reduction in free discourse and civil society. He retired in 2017.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Politburo career

2.1 Standing Committee member

3 Criticism 4 Family 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Liu was born to an ordinary family of farmers in Tumed Qi in Inner Mongolia; he traces his ancestry to Xinzhou, Shanxi province.[2] He spent over twenty years of his career in Inner Mongolia. He joined the Communist Party in 1971. He initially worked as a teacher, then was "sent down" to do manual labour in the countryside as part of the Cultural Revolution. He attended college part-time at the Teachers College in Jining District, Ulanqab
Ulanqab
City, Inner Mongolia. He then worked in the local government's public relation department of Tumed Qi. He started working as a reporter for Xinhua
Xinhua
News Agency in 1975, writing stories about farmers' nomadic lifestyle in Inner Mongolia
Inner Mongolia
and occasionally sleeping in yurts to get close to the people that were part of his story.[2] He was eventually promoted to a supervisory role. He then worked for the provincial Communist Youth Party organization. In 1985, the 38-year old Liu earned an alternate seat on the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. In 1986, Liu became the Inner Mongolia State Government's director of public relation in 1986, and by 1987, the Secretary-General of the Inner Mongolia
Inner Mongolia
Party committee, a position in charge of coordination the execution of political policies.[3] Between 1989 and 1992, Liu attended the Central Party School
Central Party School
to take courses in public administration. In 1991, he became Party Secretary of the eastern Inner Mongolian city of Chifeng
Chifeng
while also holding a seat on the Autonomous Region's Party Standing Committee, making him one of the most powerful officials in Inner Mongolia
Inner Mongolia
at the time. Between 1993 and 2002, he worked in Beijing as the deputy head of the Central Public Relation Department as a deputy to Ding Guangen.[3] Politburo career[edit] In 2002, at the 16th Party Congress, Liu became the head of the Central Propaganda Department. Although he also gained a seat on the Politburo at the same time, the overall direction of ideology and propaganda work was 'supervised' by Standing Committee member Li Changchun; thus Liu was, for all intents and purposes, not the top propaganda official in China at the time. Liu also became a Secretary of the Secretariat. He was also a member of the 17th Politburo of the Communist Party of China. After the 18th Party Congress in November 2012, Liu was elected to both the 18th Politburo and its Standing Committee. Liu accumulated a number of high-level positions in addition to his role of overseeing propaganda, including the top spot in the Secretariat, which was formerly held by Xi Jinping, who became General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, i.e., party leader. Liu, considered a censorship hard-liner, was seen as a staunchly conservative member of the Standing Committee who religiously upheld party orthodoxy.[4] Previously, the top position of the Secretariat and the leading post for propaganda were held by separate people.[N 1] Several theories had been proposed for Liu's elevation to the Standing Committee. His two-term tenure was often cited as a primary factor. China analyst Cheng Li said that Liu was elevated due to the patronage of former leader Jiang Zemin.[5] Others suggest that Liu was a balancing force in that he had both Communist Youth League
Communist Youth League
experience and loyally upheld party orthodoxy as a conservative.[6] That Liu Yunshan effectively succeeded in the portfolios held by two individuals prior to the Congress was arguably an indication of the breadth of his power. However, unlike his predecessors Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
and Zeng Qinghong, Liu did not take on the office of Vice President as was customary for the two previous first-ranked Secretaries of the Secretariat, which went to Li Yuanchao.[6] In 2013, Liu was named one of three deputy leaders of the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms. Standing Committee member[edit] Following the 18th Party Congress, Liu also emerged as the main official in charge of party organization and personnel, as well as the leading official in charge of propagating the so-called "mass line" education in the party as well as "party building". During the Xi Jinping administration's crackdown on corruption, which began in 2013, Liu acted as the top official attending the leadership transition meeting in the aftermath of the political 'earthquake' in Shanxi province which saw the removal of a large number of top provincial leaders. That a Standing Committee member attended the 'transition meeting' was regarded as extremely unusual, as generally the central authorities in Beijing would dispatch the head of the Organization Department to such an event.[7] In May 2015, Liu penned an article on Study Times in which he criticized that political culture in the Communist Party must not become too "lax and flexible" and that party members must resolutely follow party rules. Some commentators saw the remarks as implicitly critical of star television host Bi Fujian, who made some comments critical of Mao which surfaced on an online video.[8] Liu led the Chinese delegation on a visit to North Korea
North Korea
in 2015, and met with Workers' Party first secretary Kim Jong-un, becoming the first Politburo Standing Committee
Politburo Standing Committee
heavyweight to meet with the young North Korean leader. Liu delivered a personal letter from Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
to Kim Jong-un. Liu and Kim embraced in front of cameras in a show of camaraderie. Liu also accompanied the North Korean leader in watching the military parade marking the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea.[9] Perhaps due to his wide influence over the portfolios of propaganda and ideology, Liu has played a somewhat unusual role in representing the Chinese leadership in meetings with global technology companies. Liu met with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg
in March 2016,[10] and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
in November 2016.[11] Liu retired at the 19th Party Congress in 2017. Criticism[edit] Liu Yunshan has been subject to criticism by the writer Tie Liu, whose work has been published by the Independent Chinese PEN Center. In an essay entitled We must Account for Liu Yunshan's Crimes Against Reform, Tie Liu wrote, " Liu Yunshan was the mastermind behind the corruption of China's media organs. He is the arch-nemesis of the path to reform in China, and the biggest opponent of the administration of Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
and Premier Li Keqiang." Tie Liu also alleged that Liu Yunshan was "morally depraved", and was a supporter of the "Bo Xilai- Zhou Yongkang
Zhou Yongkang
clique", alluding to Liu as one of China's foremost leftists ("leftists" can also be understood as "Maoists"). Tie Liu also wrote, "for over a decade, with publishing and television all under Liu Yunshan's control, there hasn't been a single newspaper reporting the truth, not a single book that could stand on its feet, and not a single good movie or television series."[12] In the same essay, Tie Liu voiced support for other leaders, such as Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, and Wang Qishan.[13] Family[edit] Liu is married to Li Sufang (李素芳), who worked at the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Liu and his wife had two sons, Liu Lefei (刘乐飞) and Liu Leting (刘乐亭). Liu Lefei was, as of 2014, the vice-chairman of CITIC Securities.[14] His son and daughter-in-law have been named in association with the Panama Papers.[15] References[edit]

^ At the 16th Party Congress in 2002, Zeng Qinghong held the first-ranked Secretariat position, while Li Changchun
Li Changchun
was the propaganda chief; at the 17th Party Congress in 2007, Li retained his position, but Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
became first-ranked Secretary of the Secretariat.

^ " Liu Yunshan sworn in as president of Central Party School". Want China Times. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.  ^ a b ""接地气才能有底气"——记中共中央政治局常委刘云山". Xinhua. December 25, 2012.  ^ a b Li, Cheng (October 2012). "China's Top Future Leaders to Watch: Biographical Sketches of Possible Members of the Post-2012 Politburo (Part 2)" (PDF).  ^ "Xi questions propaganda chief's handling of censorship row". Asashi Shimbun. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2014.  ^ Li, Cheng (November 16, 2012). "Shadow of former president looms over China's new leaders". CNN.  ^ a b Gao, Xin (May 13, 2014). "习近平为何会对刘云山礼让三分(高新)". Radio Free Asia.  ^ Cheng, Yi (September 1, 2014). "常委刘云山坐镇山西换帅 高规格交接藏玄机". Duowei News.  ^ "炮打毕福剑 刘云山发威". May 18, 2015.  ^ "Message From China's Leader, Xi Jinping, to North Korea
North Korea
May Signal Thaw". October 10, 2015.  ^ 刘云山晤扎克伯格 脸书进中国没戏 ^ "Senior CPC Official Meets Microsoft CEO in Beijing". CCTV. November 15, 2016.  ^ Original in Chinese written by Tie Liu read: 近十多年来中国新闻出版与电视在刘云山控管与操纵下,沒有一张说实話言真相的报纸,也沒有一本立得住足的好书,更没有一部好电影好电视剧。 ^ "81岁高龄右派作家铁流昨日被捕 因痛斥刘云山文章惹祸". Independent Chinese PEN Center. August 28, 2014. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014.  ^ "现任常委中最腐败,刘云山家族贪腐大起底". Boxun. May 7, 2014.  ^ Schmitz, Rob (April 4, 2016). "Xi Jinping's family linked to Panama Papers". Marketplace. 

External links[edit]

(in Chinese) Biography of Liu Yunshan, People's Daily Online. Biography, China Vitae Biography Xinhua
Xinhua
(November 2012)

Party political offices

Preceded by Xi Jinping First-ranked Secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China 2012–2017 Succeeded by Wang Huning

Leader of the Central Leading Group for Party Building 2012–2017

Preceded by Li Changchun Chairman of the CPC Central Guidance Commission for Building Spiritual Civilization 2013–2017

Leader of the Central Leading Group for Propaganda and Ideological Work 2013–2017

Preceded by Ding Guangen Head of the Propaganda Department of the CPC Central Committee 2002–2012 Succeeded by Liu Qibao

Academic offices

Preceded by Xi Jinping President of the Central Party School 2013–2017 Succeeded by Chen Xi

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Secretaries of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China

12th Central Committee

Wan Li Xi Zhongxun Deng Liqun Yang Yong Yu Qiuli Gu Mu Chen Pixian Hu Qili Yao Yilin Hao Jianxiu Qiao Shia

13th Central Committee

Hu Qili Qiao Shi Rui Xingwen Yan Mingfu Wen Jiabaoa

14th Central Committee

Hu Jintao Ding Guangen Wei Jianxing Wen Jiabao Ren Jianxin

15th Central Committee

Hu Jintao Wei Jianxing Ding Guangen Luo Gan Wen Jiabao Zeng Qinghong

16th Central Committee

Zeng Qinghong Liu Yunshan Zhou Yongkang He Guoqiang Wang Gang Xu Caihou He Yong

17th Central Committee

Xi Jinping Liu Yunshan Li Yuanchao He Yong Ling Jihua Wang Huning

18th Central Committee

Liu Yunshan Liu Qibao Zhao Leji Li Zhanshu Du Qinglin Zhao Hongzhu Yang Jing

19th Central Committee

Wang Huning Ding Xuexiang Yang Xiaodu Chen Xi Guo Shengkun Huang Kunming You Quan

aAlternate Secretary

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18th Politburo of the Communist Party of China
Communist Party of China
(2012–2017)

Standing Committee

1. Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
(general secretary) 2. Li Keqiang 3. Zhang Dejiang 4. Yu Zhengsheng 5. Liu Yunshan 6. Wang Qishan 7. Zhang Gaoli

Other members (surname stroke order)

Ma Kai Wang Huning Liu Yandong Liu Qibao Xu Qiliang Sun Chunlan Sun Zhengcai
Sun Zhengcai
(expelled 2017) Li Jianguo Li Yuanchao Wang Yang Zhang Chunxian Fan Changlong Meng Jianzhu Zhao Leji Hu Chunhua Li Zhanshu Guo Jinlong Han Zheng

7th→8th→9th→10th→11th→12th→13th→14th→15th→16th→17th→18th→19th

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17th Politburo of the Communist Party of China
Communist Party of China
(2007–2012)

Standing Committee

1. Hu Jintao
Hu Jintao
(general secretary) 2. Wu Bangguo 3. Wen Jiabao 4. Jia Qinglin 5. Li Changchun 6. Xi Jinping 7. Li Keqiang 8. He Guoqiang 9. Zhou Yongkang

Other members (surname stroke order)

Wang Gang Wang Lequan Wang Zhaoguo Wang Qishan Hui Liangyu Liu Qi Liu Yunshan Liu Yandong Li Yuanchao Wang Yang Zhang Gaoli Zhang Dejiang Yu Zhengsheng Xu Caihou Guo Boxiong Bo Xilai
Bo Xilai
(expelled 2012)

7th→8th→9th→10th→11th→12th→13th→14th→15th→16th→17th→18th→19th

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16th Politburo of the Communist Party of China
Communist Party of China
(2002–2007)

Standing Committee

1. Hu Jintao
Hu Jintao
(general secretary) 2. Wu Bangguo 3. Wen Jiabao 4. Jia Qinglin 5. Zeng Qinghong 6. Huang Ju
Huang Ju
(died 2007) 7. Wu Guanzheng 8. Li Changchun 9. Luo Gan

Other members (surname stroke order)

Wang Lequan Wang Zhaoguo Hui Liangyu Liu Qi Liu Yunshan Wu Yi Zhang Lichang Zhang Dejiang Chen Liangyu
Chen Liangyu
(expelled 2006) Zhou Yongkang Yu Zhengsheng He Guoqiang Guo Boxiong Cao Gangchuan Zeng Peiyan

Alternate member

Wang Gang

7th→8th→9th→10th→11th→12th→13th→14th→15th→16th→

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