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China's Vice Premier Hu Chunhua demoted from Politburo

'Little Hu,' protege of ex-President Hu Jintao, failed to earn Xi's trust

China's Vice Premier Hu Chunhua had for years been seen as a candidate to be China's future leader.    © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua, once thought to be a leading candidate to be the country's premier, was not chosen to be in the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, the top decision-making body, on Sunday.

He also lost his seat on the 24-member Politburo, signaling a demotion.

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