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\0 CCP influence on #nzpol: Zhang Yikun #张乙坤 and his United Front links (cf. ). Member of the Standing Committee of the 6th Hainan CPPCC ('13-'18), according to (e.g.) the Puning Chamber of Commerce szspnsh.com/NewsView.aspx?… (cf. hainanzx.gov.cn/zxgk/zxgk/2016…).
\1 On the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the United Front system, cf. jamestown.org/program/united… and especially the work of Gerry Groot @zuoluogu lowyinstitute.org/the-interprete…
thechinastory.org/yearbooks/year…. Zhang was on the Hainan province ctte of the #CPPCC.
\2 In other words, while he established #nzpol contacts that would lead to discussion of Parliament seats for $, Zhang held a PRC political appointment. Seemingly unknown in English before this thread; sometimes acknowledged in Chinese, e.g. by the AKL consulate in '13. #内外有别
\3 Zhang was also a delegate to the 5th Hainan CPPCC ('07~'12), but not on the standing committee hainanzx.gov.cn/zwhgz/wszl/gzd…. (The odd bio also claims he used to be a member of the Haikou city People's Congress chaoren.com/people/64201.h…, but I haven't seen that on Haikou govt pages.)
\4 As noted yesterday , Zhang Yikun has been a member of the Association for Promoting Democracy #民进, one of the 8 ‘democratic parties and groups’ controlled by the CCP as part of the UF system. Hainan APD sources show this. hainanmj.org.cn/a/11/ (cf\3)
\5 Zhang was, in fact, an APD member of a certain seniority at the provincial level. As early as '02, he was on the Hainan committee of the APD. hainanmj.org.cn/a/2744_14.html As late as '17, the Hainan APD site listed him among ‘APD members at the Hainan CPPCC’. hainanmj.org.cn/a/11/
\6 As @tzemingdynasty notes , the Association for Promoting Democracy does not promote democracy. The 8 ancillary parties are subordinate to the CCP, which uses them to manage various extra-Party sectors.
\7 On the APD, ‘democratic parties and groups’ and the UF in general, see e.g. @zuoluogu's digital.library.adelaide.edu.au/dspace/handle/… (p103f. on the origins of the APD)
\8 If #nzpol continues to embed itself into the CCP's influence apparatus, perhaps the arcana of #UFology should a compulsory school subject. Indeed, even more relevant than the APD #民进 to this week's hot issue is the Zhigong #致工党, another (rather peculiar) para-CCP party.
\9 An earlier thread provided links on the Zhigong Party in #nzpol, featuring Zhang Yikun, Raymond Huo, Bill English's sister-in-law Jo Coughlan &c. Some more: Zhang at the ZGD's 90th anniversary (BJ '15) chaoren.com/news/hqsy/2015…
\10 '17 visit: #Zhigong Party veep Jiang Zuojun #蒋作君, an influential #nzpol figure who sadly doesn't get enough attention (chinaheritage.net/journal/the-ba… q.v.), invited by Zhang Yikun's association. Hayworth &c., Raymond Huo and of course also Yang Jian #杨健. australia.people.com.cn/n1/2017/0424/c…
\11 In '10, Zhang Yikun was a veep of the Hainan Federation of Industry and Commerce hnfic.org.cn/data/0/2010/01…
On business associations and the United Front system, cf. jamestown.org/program/unders… by @zuoluogu
\12 '16: Zhang Yikun executive member of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), extols the opportunities offered by Xi's geopolitical initiative for the People's Daily. paper.people.com.cn/rmrbhwb/html/2…
\13 As first reported by @geoff_p_wade , Zhang Yikun was in the PLA Navy in Hainan in the '90s. Now he's the honorary chairman of the NZ PLA veterans association. Pic: signing the PLA flag at a Feb '17 gala (also there: Yang Jian) meipian.cn/e09pt89
\14 So that gives, together with previous thread

and tweets by @geoff_p_wade twitter.com/search?q=from%…, @alexjoske twitter.com/search?f=tweet… &c., a profile of Zhang Yikun and his CCP links. Just as important: Colin Zheng (cf. ) #nzpol
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