New propaganda czar Liu Yunshan, now a member of the Standing Committee, greets the press on Nov. 15 in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Liu Yunshan was born in Xinzhou City, Shanxi Province in 1947. His parents were Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cadres in Inner Mongolia. His father was a subordinate of Bo Yibo, the father to disgraced official Bo Xilai. After graduating from Jining Normal School in the province, he worked as a teacher, a clerk at the propaganda department, and a reporter for the Inner Mongolia Bureau of the state mouthpiece Xinhua. Between July 1982 and February 1984, Liu Yunshan served as deputy secretary of Communist Youth League in Inner Mongolia, while Hu Jintao was the secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Youth League Central Committee. Therefore, Liu has been classified as belonging to Hu’s Youth League Faction.
Liu rose to be a member of the Standing Committee of the CCP Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regional Committee and secretary of the CCP Chifeng Municipal Committee. After graduating from the Central Party School in 1992, he became deputy head of the Propaganda Department of the CCP Central Committee. In 2002, he became head of the Propaganda Department and a member of the Politburo.
Liu is reported to have ingratiated himself with Jiang Zemin by organizing pro-Jiang propaganda in the domestic and foreign press. He is opposed to any democratic reforms in China.
Full article: A Look at the New Chinese Communist Party Leaders: Liu Yunshan (Epoch Times)