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Chinese President Xi Jinping has surrounded himself with faithful 'commoners,' those who have been with him from his days in China's rural provinces.   © Reuters
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Xi Jinping bids adieu to his fellow princelings

Obedience, not bloodline, is the currency that counts in the new team

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- A political scholar based in Beijing looked at China's new leadership team and pointed out a hidden feature. "There are few, if any, princelings or members of the second-generation reds in the lineup."

Princelings are children of prominent and influential senior Chinese Communist Party officials. The second red generation, or hong er'dai, is a smaller group of children whose parents joined the revolution prior to the 1949 establishment of the People's Republic and fought against Japan or in the civil war against the Nationalist Kuomintang.

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