Allies of Chinese President Xi Jinping are moving against a Communist organisation that is the power base of Premier Li Keqiang, in what analysts say may be a sign of faction-fighting at the top of the ruling party.
The Communist Youth League (CYL) has long been a proving ground for young up-and-comers to demonstrate their political talent, particularly those who — unlike Xi — are not party “princelings” with the advantage of high-ranking parents.
It has produced some of the country’s top leaders, including Xi’s presidential predecessor Hu Jintao as well as Li, and its alumni are seen as a leading faction within the Communist party.
But as Xi moves to consolidate power, the group has come under sustained attack, including direct reprimands from the president himself.
The party’s internal corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), this week took the group to task for losing sight of its core mission to guide young people’s ideological development.
On its website, the CCDI published an extensive self-criticism by the CYL’s central committee, acknowledging that it must have a greater “sense of responsibility and mission” to the party leadership and the country’s young people. Read More