China Leadership Monitor

Hu's Followers: Provincial Leaders with Background in the Communist Youth League

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Hu Jintao's succession to Jiang Zemin as party chief is beyond doubt. The important question is whether Hu can effectively run the political apparatus of the most populous nation in the world. Crucial to assessing Hu's political future is an analysis of the political networks he has formed. Although Hu is not seen as a leader active in building patron-client ties in the party, he is nevertheless well-connected in the three most important institutions of elite recruitment in China today—Qinghua University, the Communist Youth League, and the Central Party School.