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Coronavirus alters China's political scorecard ahead of pivotal 2022

Henan Gov. Yin Hong's star rises as others fall in runup to party congress

From left: Yin Hong, governor of Henan Province; Ying Yong, a member of the Xi faction and former Shanghai mayor; and President Xi Jinping. (Nikkei Montage/ Source photo by Reuters and Getty Images)

BEIJING -- For China's next-generation leaders, the coronavirus outbreak has become a trial by fire in the struggle to climb the ranks at the Communist Party's next National Congress in 2022.

While the party's core under President Xi Jinping stresses that the coronavirus outbreak is under control, local leaders are still leading the day-to-day fight against the deadly contagion.

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