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President Xi's slow but steady political alterations are about to change the lives of China's other top leaders. The party general secretary and multiple aides observe the wheat crop in Henan Province on May 13.   © Xinhua/Kyodo
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Analysis: Xi prepares to skip over Little Hu's '6th generation'

Promising politicians in and outside president's camp will not make it to the top

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- What does Chinese President Xi Jinping think of Vice Premier Hu Chunhua?

There was a time when Hu, 58, was seen by many as a future top leader. Like former President Hu Jintao and Premier Li Keqiang, Hu Chunhua served as first secretary of the Communist Youth League earlier in his career.

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