Yu Zhengsheng’s father, Yu Qiwei (also known as Huang Jing), first introduced Mao Zedong’s wife, Jiang Qing, whose original name was Li Yunhe, to the Party. Yu Qiwei and Jiang Qing had previously lived together.
Yu Zhengsheng is said to play a leading role in the princeling community–the children of former revolutionary heroes under Mao–secondary only to Zeng Qinghong.
Yu Qiwei has also been a mentor to former Party head Jiang Zemin, and both Yu and his son have been Jiang’s great benefactors. Jiang Zemin was able to overthrow his political rivals, the Yang brothers, by relying on ties between Yu Qiwei’s and Deng Xiaoping’s families.
As a member of the Jiang faction, Yu Zhengsheng was also a supporter of Bo Xilai, the disgraced former Chongqing Party head. But Yu eventually changed his position from promoting Bo and singing his praises to mercilessly denigrating Bo after the Wang Lijun incident in February. Yu successfully protected his career by keeping his distance from Bo and Jiang’s “Shanghai Gang,” which, in turn, has damaged Jiang’s faction.
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