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Xi shifts focus to party elders in ruthless quest for control

Chinese leader looks to weaken their influence ahead of fall congress

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, with former Presidents Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao at a military parade in Beijing in September 2015.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is working to consolidate even more power into his own hands, this time targeting retired Communist Party heavyweights to keep them from standing in the way of his aides taking key leadership posts at a party congress this autumn.

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