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There is speculation that Chinese President Xi Jinping has planned all along to install his boyhood friend Wang Qishan as his vice president.
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The dust has settled and the immortal Wang Qishan is back

Vice president's role would put him in position to succeed Xi in a contingency

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Wang Qishan, the anti-corruption czar who had to retire in October due to age, is returning to a central role in Chinese politics. He has been elected to the National People's Congress, the country's parliament.

Although he is no longer in the Politburo Standing Committee, the Chinese Communist Party's top decision-making body, come March, when the parliament holds its annual fortnight session, he will be in position to assume a new high-level post. Xi is said to have two positions in mind -- vice president or the czar of a newly created anti-corruption body, the National Supervisory Commission, which will be even more powerful than the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, which Wang has so effectively run for the past five years.

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