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Will Wang Yang become China's next premier and thus be allowed to try to stem the economic downturn? That's up to Xi Jinping. (Nikkei montage/Taro Yokosawa/Getty Images)
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Analysis: Next premier must save the economy. Is Wang Yang the one?

China's current No. 4 has the right bio but isn't too mainstream

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

The Chinese economy is in unusually dire straits.

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