Zeng Qinghong, a former vice president who played an important role in Xi Jinping's rise to power, is now at the forefront of a group of party elders checking Xi. (Nikkei montage/Source photos by Yusuke Hinata, Ken Kobayashi and Kyodo)
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.
There are signs of turmoil in Chinese domestic politics.