New cabinet unveiled by Xi Jinping; no women in prominent positions

24 October, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

New cabinet unveiled by Xi Jinping no women in prominent positions Top News

At the 15th Party Congress in 1997, there hadn't been a woman leader in the senior team since then. There was just one female alternate member present at the time, and she was able to attend meetin...

According to the updated Politburo roster made public on Sunday, Xi Jinping, who was re-elected as the Chinese Communist Party’s general secretary for a third five-year term, will not have any female members on his top team. No woman has been appointed to the top team for the first time in 25 years, underscoring the glaring dearth of female leadership in the Communist Party.

The sole female member of the previous Politburo, Sun Chunlan, has retired. At the 15th Party Congress in 1997, there hadn’t been a woman leader in the senior team since then. There was just one female alternate member present at the time, and she was able to attend meetings but had no voting rights.

On Sunday, Xi, 69, unveiled his top leadership team and named his six supporters as the A-team of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s highest decision-making body: Li Qiang, Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang, and Li Xi.

The Communist Party has had various levels of leadership for many years. The primary governing body is the Central Committee, which has 205 members. The Politburo, which typically consists of five to nine leaders, is chosen by this committee, which is made up of a smaller number of members.

One of Xi’s two deputies is a new military officer with background in Taiwanese relations.

China’s official media said that the party’s Central Committee named two vice chairs to the Central Military Commission, which has been seen as a prominent institution under Xi since he took office. General He Weidong, the former head of the Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command, which is in charge of the units closest to Taiwan, is one of the new appointees. Gen. Zhang Youxia, 72, a close associate of Xi Jinping and the son of a previous general, has been kept by the party.

Xi discusses an open China

XI stated that an open China was ready to cooperate with the rest of the world during his reappointment address on Sunday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. “The world needs China for its growth, and China cannot develop in isolation from the world,” Xi remarked. We will continue to be dedicated to thoroughly deepening reform and opening up, supporting high-quality growth, and expanding possibilities for the rest of the world via our own development. In addition, he said that China’s economy had grown quickly and the country had attained “social stability” as a result of years of “reform and opening up.”