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BEIJING: A senior Chinese politician whose brother defected to the US in a spy scandal was yesterday elected as chairman of the country’s highest-profile advisory organisation, state media said.
Yu Zhengsheng, No. 4 in the Communist Party’s ruling seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, was made head of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the official Xinhua news agency said. He is regarded as one of the party’s “princelings” but has had to overcome major setbacks during his career.
As well as the 1985 defection of his brother Yu Qiangsheng, an intelligence official, his father Yu Qiwei was also once married to Mao Zedong’s fourth wife, Jiang Qing, who was blamed for many of the horrors of the Cultural Revolution.
A 700-word biography of Yu put out by Xinhua mentioned neither his father nor his brother, but said he graduated from the Harbin Military Engineering Institute and specialised in ballistic missile control systems. The CPPCC is holding its annual meeting in Beijing, in parallel with the National People’s Congress, China’s rubberstamp parliament.
The CPPCC is an advisory body but is given a high profile as part of the ruling party’s efforts to appear consultative and democratic rather than hierarchical. AFP