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In unprecedented third term, China’s Xi fills top team with acolytes


BEIJING: China’s Xi Jinping secured a precedent-breaking third term in leadership on Sunday and introduced a top regulator with loyalists, cementing his position as the man. The most powerful ruler in the country since Mao Zedong.
Shanghai Communist Party chief of staff Li Qiang followed Mr. Xi onto the stage at the Great Hall of the People as the new politburo standing committee was introduced, placing him in the ranks to become prime minister when Li Keqiang retired in March. The other members of the seven-member standing committee are Zhao Leji and Wang Huningthose returning from the previous committee, and newcomers Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang and Li Xi. Li Qiang is also a newcomer to the standing committee. All are considered by analysts to have close allegiance to Mr. Xi, the son of a Communist Party revolutionary who has steered China in a more authoritarian direction since coming to power in 2014. 2012. Reuters
These 7 people will lead China
A look back at the seven men on the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China over the next five years.
1. Xi Jinping: Xi has set the conditions for him to stay in power with the removal of term limits. Even before that, he had pushed his opponents aside and amassed supremacy by assuming the leadership of working groups operating outside ministries, overseeing everything from security to security. country to economic policy.
2. Li Qiang: Li Qiang, 63, has been the party secretary of Shanghai since 2017 and was parachuted into the politburo standing committee, possibly a future prime minister. The Shanghai post is China’s most important and was previously held by Mr. Xi, former President Jiang Zemin and former Premier Zhu Rongji.
3. Zhao Leji: Since 2017, Zhao Leji, 65, has been running the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s very feared body for controlling corruption. That has made him a key figure in Mr. Xi’s campaign to bring party members inside, sometimes seen as a means to weed out opponents and galvanize loyalty. He currently heads the National People’s Congress, a largely ceremonial legislative body. Zhao, like Mr. Xi, is a second-generation party member and unconfirmed accounts say their father was friends.
4. Wang Huning: The party’s longtime political theorist Wang Huning, 62, has been a standing member of the politburo since 2017 and has been promoted from fifth place, reflecting his status as one of the most powerful. Xi’s most important adviser. Fourth place usually goes to the head of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, an advisory group to the NPC that also oversees non-Communist groups, religious organizations and minorities. Wang is largely in charge of party ideology as an adviser to the succession of leaders.
5. Cai Qi: Cai Qi, 66, is another newcomer who has a longstanding relationship with Mr. Xi. As with Mr. Xi, Cai works in the coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, arriving in Beijing in 2016 first as mayor before being promoted to party secretary the following year. He held the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on time and with relatively little disruption and implemented a “zero-Covid” strategy without major upheaval in Shanghai.
6. Ding Xuexiang: As head of the general office since 2017, Ding Xuexiang, 60, holds one of the most important positions in the party, with far-reaching control over information and access. of officials. Ding is often among the few officials who attend sensitive meetings alongside the general secretary. That has earned him popularity as “Xi’s alter ego” and “Xi’s chief of staff”.
7. Li Xi: The promotion of Li Xi (66 years old) seems to recognize his success in promoting integration between Guangdong, the technology hub Shenzhen and the international financial center Hong Kong. He has also been named to succeed Zhao Liying as head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

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