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China's anti-graft czar aims to retire at party congress

Xi trying to talk Wang Qishan into staying to maintain his own iron grip on power

Wang Qishan, China's anti-graft chief, at the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 5.

BEIJING -- Chinese corruption watchdog Wang Qishan has expressed a desire to step down at the Communist Party congress next month despite opposition from close ally and President Xi Jinping, multiple sources tell The Nikkei.

Those 68 or older at the time of the twice-in-a-decade gathering customarily retire. Wang is 69. "Wang has health problems and is hoping to end his career on a high note with his success cracking down on corruption," a party source said.

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