November 7, 2022 | By Chris King*
This is the fifth installment in a series of reports about the individuals comprising the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Chinese President Xi Jinping’s closest advisors and the most powerful men in China.
Zhao Leji, who was initially elected to the sixth-highest ranking position on the Standing Committee in 2017 at the 19th People’s National Congress, is the focus of this installment. Between 2017 and 2022, Zhao served as the secretary of the CCP’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the CCP’s top anti-corruption agency. He was reelected to the Standing Committee at the recent 20th National People’s Congress, in October 2022, and now holds the third-highest position on it. He is also now head of the Leading Group that oversees the CCP Central Committee.