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China People's Congress

China grooms Xi's successor, skipping a generation

Young regional leaders possibly candidates for presidency in 2027

The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where the National People's Congress is held. The rising stars of China's younger generation of politicians born after 1970 are on display at this year's event.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Rising Communist Party stars in their 40s have emerged as China's next potential leaders, outshining candidates born in the 1960s now that President Xi Jinping's rule is set to extend past the traditional decade mark.

The most well-known of the so-called "after '70" crowd is Hu Haifeng, the 46-year-old son of former President Hu Jintao and party secretary of Lishui, a small city in Zhejiang Province. The younger Hu is expected to be promoted to party secretary of Xian in Shaanxi Province, making him the party boss of northwestern China's main city and putting him in a position equal in significance to vice governor of the province.

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