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At Shanghai congress, all eyes on fate of Xi's close ally Li Qiang

COVID lockdown in Chinese economic hub erodes confidence in former rising star

Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang's political outlook darkened after he struggled to tame the city's surge in COVID infections this spring.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- The uncertain future of Shanghai's Communist Party chief looms as the local party committee gathers Saturday for its congress, just weeks after the city's draconian coronavirus lockdown.

Li Qiang, the secretary of the Shanghai party committee, has been in the running to join the Politburo Standing Committee -- China's most powerful body -- at the twice-a-decade national party congress this fall.

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