China: Xi Jinping’s aide Wang Qishan may not make it to top body, set to retire
Chinese President Xi Jinping may not have his way at the ongoing CPC Congress, as his closest aide is likely to step down from the powerful Standing Committee belying speculation that he would be retained beyond the party’s retirement age limit, a media report said on Sunday.
Wang Qishan, 69, Xi’s feared anti-graft ‘tsar’ – billed as ‘China’s second most powerful man’ – is likely to step down from the Standing Committee on Wednesday.
Also, the once-in-five-years Congress of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) may keep the number of members of the Standing Committee, which virtually rules the country, to seven, contrary to Xi’s reported preference of restricting it to five, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported, quoting sources.
The new seven-member committee which will be revealed on October 25, may retain the balance of power among various factions within the party, though Xi, who is expected to get the endorsement for a second five-year term, may still remain powerful with the induction of some of his close associates into the Standing Committee, the report said.
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