Li Zhanshu

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Li Zhanshu
Director of the General Office of the Communist Party of China
Assumed office
31 August 2012
General secretary Xi Jinping
Preceded by Ling Jihua
Communist Party Secretary of Guizhou province
In office
August 2010 – July 2012
Preceded by Shi Zongyuan
Succeeded by Zhao Kezhi
Governor of Heilongjiang province
In office
December 2007 – August 2010
Preceded by Zhang Zuoji
Succeeded by Wang Xiankui
Personal details
Born (1950-08-30) 30 August 1950 (age 64)
Pingshan, Hebei, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Hebei Normal University
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.

Li Zhanshu (Chinese: 栗战书; pinyin: Lì Zhànshū; born August 30, 1950) is a Chinese politician and the current Director of the General Office of the Communist Party of China. He is also a member of the 18th Politburo of the Communist Party of China. Previously, Li served as the Governor of Heilongjiang province, the Communist Party Secretary of Guizhou province, and Party Secretary of Xi'an.


Li was born in Pingshan County, Hebei province in 1950.[1] He became a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1975.[1] He started his career as an ordinary functionary in the capital of his home province, Shijiazhuang, working as an office worker for the Shijiazhuang commercial bureau and the Shijiazhuang party committee. In 1980, Li studied night school at the Hebei Normal University. After graduating, he was promoted to Party Secretary of Wuji County (at around the same time, the party chief of neighbouring Zhengding County was Xi Jinping).

For the next decade, Li took on progressively senior roles in Hebei province, including deputy party chief and Commissioner of Shijiazhuang prefecture (equivalent to mayor), head of the provincial Communist Youth League organization, Commissioner of Chengde prefecture, member of the Party Standing Committee of Hebei and Secretary-General of the provincial party committee.

In 1998, Li was transferred to Shaanxi province to serve on its party leadership council and become the head of its provincial Organization Department. Beginning in January 2002, Li became the Party Secretary of Xi'an. In May, he concurrently took on the role of deputy party chief of Shaanxi province. During his term in Xi'an, Li was known to have set the goal for Xi'an to become the "best city in the western interior".

In December 2003, Li became Deputy Party Secretary of Heilongjiang, and assumed the post of Vice Governor about a year later.[2] At the time, outside observers classified Li as a member of the Tuanpai, i.e., officials with a background in the Communist Youth League. On December 25, 2007, then Governor Zhang Zuoji resigned, and Li took over as acting Governor, confirmed in January 2008. [3] In August 2010, Li became the Party Secretary of Guizhou province, taking on his first role in the top office of a province.[4]

In July 2012, Li was transferred to Beijing to serve as the chief of the General Office of the Communist Party of China, replacing Ling Jihua. [5] Three months later, Li was also named Secretary of the Work Committee for Organs Directly Reporting to the Central Committee (中直工委书记).[6] Regarded as a "rising star", Li was elected to the Politburo of the Communist Party of China at the 18th Party Congress held in November 2012, and, as was customary of the general office chief, was also named a Secretary of the Central Secretariat.[7]

Li is considered a "dark horse" candidate for the 19th Politburo Standing Committee which will take office in 2017.[8]


Li's great-uncle Li Zaiwen (栗再温; 1908–1967) served as Vice Governor of Shandong province. Li's daughter, Li Qianxin (栗潜心), has been reported by Chinese-language media as being active in Hong Kong, and is one of the Vice-Chairs of the Hua Jing Society, a youth organization promoting mainland-Hong Kong cooperation.[9]


Party political offices
Preceded by
Ling Jihua
Director of the General Office of the Communist Party of China
2012 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Shi Zongyuan
Communist Party Secretary of Guizhou
2010 – 2012
Succeeded by
Zhao Kezhi
Government offices
Preceded by
Zhang Zuoji
Governor of Heilongjiang
2007 – 2010
Succeeded by
Wang Xiankui