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Beijing's Great Hall of the People before the opening of the National People's Congress on March 5 (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

China's young regional leaders vie for Xi Jinping's notice

Rising stars seek leadership down the road as president settles in for long term

SHUNSUKE TABETA and OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writers | China

BEIJING -- With Chinese President Xi Jinping set to stay on beyond his second term, regional politicians in their 40s are jockeying for future leadership against older figures previously thought to be next in line.

Regional leaders born in the 1970s have drawn notice at the ongoing National People's Congress with their effusive praise for Xi, as it begins to appear that the "post-Xi" or "sixth" generation comprised of Communist Party officials who were born during the prior decade may be skipped over for top leadership positions.

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