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Clockwise from top-left: Wang Yi, Ding Xuexiang, Wang Xiaohong and Pan Yue. These members of Xi Jinping's travel entourages appear to be on the cusp of big promotions. (Nikkei montage/Kyodo/Reuters)
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Analysis: Xi's entourage to Hong Kong, Xinjiang likely core of new team

The select officials who joined the leader on recent trips are set for promotions

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 recently went on two long-haul domestic trips, to Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, each requiring four-hour flights.

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