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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."

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