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Wang Qishan has passed the Chinese Communist Party's traditional retirement age of 68.   © Kyodo

China graft buster Wang to make way for Xi loyalist

Zhao Leji also seen heading new watchdog body

OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writer

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's corruption-fighting right-hand man Wang Qishan will step down from the top leadership to be replaced by Xi ally Zhao Leji, sources tell The Nikkei.

Xi had sought to retain Wang, who at 69 exceeds the Communist Party's traditional retirement age of 68. But keeping him on the all-powerful seven-member Politburo Standing Committee faced strong opposition in a party that has seen many figures large and small brought down by the crackdown on corruption, the sources said.

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