The topic of Xinjiang is very controversial, just like the name "Xinjiang" (literally, the “new frontier”) itself. Should it be called "East Turkestan" like many Uyghur separatists think, since the name “Xinjiang” reflects Chinese government’s perspective? Or should it be called "Xinjiang", as in the official appellation “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region”, since many Han Chinese are alarmed by the negative connotations of “East Turkestan” because of its present use by militant groups? How do you perceive the conflicts in Xinjiang in recent years? People hold very different views.
Regardless, CCP is readjusting its personnel arrangements in Xinjiang. Yesterday, Wang Junzheng 王君正 was transferred from Jilin to Xinjiang as the region’s new Secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee. Does this mean his political career has come to an end? Or is it some kind of “challenge” or “test” before he’s moved up to more important posts?
Wang’s boss Linghu An 令狐安 used to serve as member of the Standing Committee of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. It turned out that he once worked as Secretary of the Yunnan Provincial Party Committee before being moved down a ladder to deputy director of the Audit Commission. The downward move didn’t bode well for Linghu’s political career: it suggested he had committed mistakes and was considered “problematic” by the CCP leadership. After all, Linghu An was originally considered to have a decent shot at the Politburo.
Even more conspicuous is the case of his colleague at Yunnan, Li Jiating 李嘉廷, who was sentenced to life imprisonment. Yunnan really witnessed the downfall of many high-profile government officials. There’s a lot to be discussed here, such as stories of the legendary "public mistress" Li Wei 李薇. It was the vice governor of Yunnan, Jin Renqing 金人庆, who introduced her into a larger social circle.
Linghu An 令狐安 went to the same school as Zeng Qinghong 曾庆红. The connection partly contributed to Linghu An’s career success and the outside world’s high expectation of him to become a member of the Politburo. Both are second generation CCP princelings. Linghu An’s father is Linghu Junwen 令狐俊文, who changed his name to Li Dongye 李东冶. After declaring his loyalty to the party and participating in the communist revolution, Li Dongye served as ministerial-level official at the Ministry of Metallurgical Industry and advisor at the Central Financial and Economic Leading Group.
Li Dongye 李东冶 is a native of Pinglu, Shanxi and was a member of Chinese United League 中国同盟会. In the 1950s, he became a member of the secretariat of the Provincial Party Committee of Liaoning. His transfer to the metallurgical industry system was a form of punishment imposed on him during the Cultural Revolution.
Linghu An returned to Dalian after graduating from Beijing Institute of Technology 北京工业学院. There he once had a subordinate called Bo Xilai 薄熙来. Later, Bo Xilai became “the emperor of Dalian”.
Linghu An 令狐安 then went on to become head of the Office of the Ministry of Labor . The minister then was Luo Gan 罗干: He came from Henan and later became the secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Committee. At that time, Wang Junzheng 王君正 was the secretary of Linghu.
So the relationship between Wang Junzheng and Linghu An involves Liaoning. Wang Min 王珉, who was originally the secretary of the Liaoning Provincial Party Committee, was thought to be a shoe-in for the Politburo. Instead, he ended up in prison.
Because of the political campaigns of “cleaning up Bo Xilai’s poisonous legacy” and “eliminating the negative influence of Wang Min”, in recent years, Liaoning has been disaster-stricken, politically speaking.
Tang Yijun 唐一军 was originally the secretary of the Ningbo Provincial Party Committee and was believed to represent Xi Jinping’s interests when he was moved to Liaoning.
Rumor has it that Ma Xingrui 马兴瑞 may take over as Secretary of the Liaoning Provincial Party Committee. Now he is the governor of Guangdong Province. It was once believed that he was going to take the post as Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee of Hainan. Interestingly, he is a native of Shandong, the birthplace of the first lady of China, Peng Liyuan 彭丽媛.
Li Xi 李希, secretary of the Guangdong Provincial Party Committee and member of the Politburo, is one of Xi’s trusted men. When the Central Committee was weighing Ma Xingrui’s promotion decision, Li Xi cast an important vote in his favor. Li Xi, incidentally, also overlapped with Liaoning: he used to be Secretary of the Liaoning Provincial Party Committee.
The ups and down of Linghu An’s career trajectory have to do with his connections with Zeng Qinghong, Bo Xilai and Ling Jihua 令计划. Ling Jihua should have been called Linghu Jihua. Both Linghu’s are natives of Pinglu, Shanxi.