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A dark horse emerges in Chinese succession race

TOKYO -- Some members of President Xi Jinping's new Zhejiang faction, including an emerging dark-horse candidate to succeed him someday, are likely to be promoted to key posts as the Chinese leader tightens his grip on power.

The prospect comes ahead of the Chinese Communist Party's crucial quinquennial national congress in the autumn of 2017, where top-level personnel changes will be made.

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