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China Politburo retiree poised to become next vice president: report

Xi opts for trusted Vice Premier Han Zheng instead of lining up successor

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng is reportedly set to become China's next vice president. (Photo by Katsuji Nakazawa)

TOKYO -- Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng is reportedly set to become vice president after being left out of the Communist Party's top decision-making body last fall, suggesting that President Xi Jinping is not using the role as a steppingstone for a potential future leader.

Han is expected to be named to the post at the National People's Congress opening March 5, replacing Wang Qishan, according to the Hong Kong-based Sing Tao Daily newspaper.

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