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From left to right, former Chinese President Hu Jintao, President Xi Jinping and former President Jiang Zemin attend the closing ceremony of the 19th Communist Party congress on Oct. 24.

China's Xi stacks party's upper ranks with loyalists

Party congress solidifies foundation for his second term as leader

OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- China's ruling Communist Party concluded its twice-a-decade National Congress on Tuesday after enshrining President Xi Jinping in the party's charter and selecting core members for the next five years, laying the groundwork for Xi to install allies in the country's highest leadership posts.

Five of the seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee -- the top decision-making body -- are retiring, including Wang Qishan, Xi's anti-corruption chief and right-hand man. They have been removed from the newly selected Central Committee membership.

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