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In China, a Xi-Wang regime may be on the way

Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Qishan, right, calls out to President Xi Jinping from behind as they leave the rostrum of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March 2016. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- After scoring a significant political coup two weeks ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping finds himself in better position to maintain his grip on power beyond 2017. He has figured out a way to get his right-hand man past an age-based retirement tradition.

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