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Who does Chinese President Xi Jinping trust the most? A pattern is emerging. (Nikkei montage/Kyodo/Reuters)
China up close

Analysis: Xi dispatches Fujian aides to polish up 'guns and swords'

Leader turns to decades-long subordinates but Zhejiang faction misses out on promotion

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.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has two power bases in the Chinese Communist Party. Dubbed the Zhejiang faction and Fujian faction, they are comprised of Xi's former subordinates in the two provinces.

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