New Zhijiang Army

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New Zhijiang Army

LeaderXi Jinping
HeadquartersBeijing & Hangzhou
NewspaperSing Pao Daily News in Hong Kong
IdeologyChinese communism
Socialism with Chinese characteristics
Xi Jinping Thought
Chinese Dream
Belt and Road Initiative
China 2025
Chinese nationalism

The New Zhijiang Army (simplified Chinese: 之江新军; traditional Chinese: 之江新軍; pinyin: Zhījiāng Xīnjūn) is a term used by observers to represent political figures in the Communist Party of China who held important provincial and local posts during Xi Jinping's term as Communist Party Secretary of Zhejiang province. The "new army" refers to people who were closely associated with Xi and identifies with his political views, and who have since then taken on prominent political posts at the provincial level or in central party and state organs.

The term was first widely used by Ma Haoliang (马浩亮), editor at Hong Kong-based newspaper Ta Kung Pao in an article entitled the New Zhijiang Army of Chinese Politics. The term Zhijiang refers to the Qiantang River, which runs through the province, but is often used as a poetic reference for the greater Zhejiang region. The term was initially used as title to Xi Jinping's book Zhijiang Xinyu (之江新语), a book compiling the political philosophies of Xi Jinping during his five-year term as party chief of Zhejiang, published in 2007.[1]

The people close to Xi Jinping have also been referred to as 習家軍 Xí Jiājūn (vaguely “Xi clan”).[2][3]

Suggested members[edit]

Name Born Office held in Zhejiang during Xi's term Office held at present
Cai Qi
December 1955 Party Secretary of Quzhou, Party Secretary of Taizhou Party Secretary of Beijing
Huang Kunming
November 1956 Head of the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China
Chen Derong
March 1961 Chief executive of China Baowu Steel Group
October 1955 Party Secretary of Ningbo Party Secretary of Jilin province
Lou Yangsheng
October 1959 Party Secretary of Lishui Governor of Shanxi province
Xia Baolong
December 1952 Deputy Party Secretary of Zhejiang Vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
Li Qiang
July 1959 Secretary-General of Zhejiang Party Committee Party Secretary of Shanghai
Chen Min'er
September 1960 Director of Zhejiang provincial party Propaganda Department Party Secretary of Chongqing
Ying Yong
November 1957 Director of Supervision Department, Zhejiang
President of Zhejiang High Court
Deputy Secretary of Zhejiang Discipline Inspection Commission
Communist Party Secretary of Hubei
Zhong Shaojun
1968 Xi's chief of staff Senior Colonel of the People's Liberation Army
Deputy Director of the General Office of the Central Military Commission
Li Xi
1956 Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong
Chen Xi
September 1953 Head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China
He Lifeng
February 1955 Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission
Shu Guozeng


Other politicians have been named by Chinese-language media as associates of Xi Jinping. They have known or worked under him as a result of their regional tenures in Shaanxi province (Xi's "home province"), the southeast (Zhejiang and Fujian provinces), or through Tsinghua University, where Xi spent time in his youth. Those named include Li Zhanshu, Huang Xingguo (since disgraced), Liu He, Chen Xi, He Yiting, Wang Xiaohong, Li Shulei, and Li Xi. In the military, Liu Yazhou, Zhang Youxia, and Liu Yuan have been named as some of Xi's top associates.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ma, Haoliang (29 December 2014). "中国政坛的"之江新军"". Ta Kung Po via Mingjing. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ ""習近平智囊走出幕後'習家軍'全面亮相 Xi Jinping zhinang zouchu muhou 'Xi Jiajun' quanmian liangxiang (The brain trust of Xi Jinping. Going behind the scenes. The 'Xi clan' fully revealed)"". 新唐人電視臺 Xintangren dianshitai. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ 楊 Yang, 光 Guang. ""習近平的山頭主義用人路線 Xi Jinping de shantou zhuyi yongren luxian (The cliquish cadre promotion line of Xi Jinping)"". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  4. ^ Reuters via Deutsche Welle