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Officials in China's new State Council take their oaths of office.   © Kyodo

China plays it safe in cabinet reshuffle

Old hands outnumber new faces as Xi sticks with tried-and-true allies

YUSHO CHO, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- The new Chinese cabinet looks very much like the old as President Xi Jinping has kept allies in many choice ministerial posts, prioritizing continuity over fresh perspectives.

The National People's Congress moved Monday to retain 15 of China's 26 cabinet-level department officials, including such close Xi allies as Commerce Minister Zhong Shan, Education Minister Chen Baosheng, and He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission. They serve on the State Council, led by Premier Li Keqiang.

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