As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prepares for its upcoming “two sessions” of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 2023, the question of who will take the top security roles in the government over the next five years is becoming increasingly important.
China's two sessions play an important role in the country's political system, as it is the forum where major policy decisions are made and top leaders are selected to lead the country. This year's two sessions, which will take place in March and April, will be particularly significant, as the CCP is expected to select new officials to fill key security roles.
The most important security posts in the Chinese government are the heads of the Ministry of State Security, the People's Liberation Army (PLA), the Central Military Commission, the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, the Ministry of Public Security, and the National Security Commission. These positions are highly coveted, and the selection process is highly competitive.
The current head of the Ministry of State Security is Guo Shengkun, a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee, who is widely expected to retain his role for the next five years. The PLA's top post is held by General Zhang Youxia, who is also a member of the Politburo. He is expected to remain in his position for the next five years.
The Central Military Commission is currently headed by President Xi Jinping, who is expected to stay in his role for at least another five years. The Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission is currently headed by Meng Jianzhu, a former Politburo member, who is also expected to remain in his post for the next five years.
The Ministry of Public Security is currently overseen by Zhao Kezhi, who is expected to stay in his position for the next five years. The National Security Commission is currently headed by Wang Yongqing, who is expected to stay in his post for the next five years.
The selection of the top security roles in the Chinese government is closely watched by the international community due to the country's growing influence in the region. The upcoming two sessions will be crucial in determining who will take on these key roles for the next five years, and it is likely that the CCP will select individuals who have demonstrated loyalty to the party and are committed to preserving the country's security and stability.