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Chinese President Xi Jinping is keeping an eye on how his close ally handles the lockdown in Shanghai and its effects on the economy. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/AP)
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Analysis: Shanghai lockdown affects Xi's plans to promote allies

City chief Li Qiang's move to Beijing likely on hold till economic impact weighed

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer 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 sudden lockdown of Shanghai, China's economic powerhouse, has sent shockwaves through Chinese political circles.

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