Date
18 November 2017
Hu Yaobang's son Hu Deping (R) is said to have been appointed president of an influential mainland publication ahead of an organizational revamp. Photo: Baidu
Hu Yaobang's son Hu Deping (R) is said to have been appointed president of an influential mainland publication ahead of an organizational revamp. Photo: Baidu

Hu Yaobang’s son takes key role at influential magazine

Hu Deping, son of the late reformist Chinese Communist Party Leader Hu Yaobang, is said be taking over as president of the organization that publishes the well-known monthly commentary magazine “Yanhuang Chunqiu” (China Through the Ages).

The decision was announced Friday at an internal meeting by the magazine’s current president Du Daozheng, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The appointment comes ahead of a move by the Ministry of Culture to reorganize the company, with some political factors playing a role, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Lu De, son of former vice premier Lu Dingyi, will act as deputy publisher as well as legal representative for the magazine.

According to a government order, the magazine will no longer be under the management of the Association for Yan Huang Culture of China, a private organization, but will instead be under the culture ministry’s Chinese National Academy of Arts.

The magazine has 60 days to complete necessary procedures of the change, or else its license will be revoked, according to the report.

The reorganization is seen dimming the prospects of continued publication of the magazine even though authorities had orally promised that both the direction of the publication and its management will be unchanged.

Du said the order offers scope for the magazine to make some adjustment, while vice president Yang Jisheng said putting Hu on the presidency was intended to enhance the magazine’s ability to counter pressure from the government in the future.

The magazine was launched by a group of retired senior officials and intellectuals in 1991. Its circulation is as high as 195,600 copies even without any official sponsorship. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s father Xi Zhongxun is known to have praised the magazine in the past.

Hu Dehua, another son of Hu Yaobang, told Ming Pao that the magazine has to bow to the government’s order no matter what, and that his brother’s close relationship with Xi may not win any favorable treatment for the magazine.

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