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China's New Ruling Body Shows Bias for On-the-Ground Work

Committee members spent more time in provinces than state owned enterprises

A look at the career history of members of China’s new Standing Committee shows a bias toward provincial experience at the expense of state-owned enterprises, according to a Bloomberg Intelligence analysis. This tilt reflects Chinese President Xi Jinping’s preference for leaders with on-the-ground experience managing difficult trade-offs in the nation’s development process, a team led by Tom Orlik, chief Asia economist with BI, wrote in the report. The current committee has spent 66 percent of their careers working in provincial governments, compared with 42 percent in the 2007 version.

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