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Speculation swirls over China's next central bank chief

Front-runner indicates potentially bigger role for President Xi's right-hand man

BEIJING With China's central bank Gov. Zhou Xiaochuan set to step down after 14 years on the job, a likely successor has emerged in the person of Jiang Chaoliang, party secretary of Hubei Province.

Whether Jiang ascends to the post will say a great deal about what is happening at the highest ranks of China's power structure, and about the fate of its second-most powerful figure, anti-corruption czar Wang Qishan, the right-hand man to President Xi Jinping.

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