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Chinese President Xi Jinping has entrusted his nearly lifelong friend Wang Qishan, 72, with his most important missions. But that may be changing. (Source photos by Reuters) 
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Analysis: Whither Wang Qishan? All eyes on Xi's right-hand man

China's 'October surprise' presages a tectonic shift in party's power structure

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

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

TOKYO -- Smack in the middle of its National Day holidays, China unwrapped its own "October surprise."

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