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Wang Qishan, right, pats Xi Jinping on the back to get his attention as the two leave the rostrum of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

Ex-graft czar Wang may become China's next vice president

Xi to reward retired right-hand man, Hong Kong newspaper says

YASUO AWAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

HONG KONG -- Wang Qishan, the Chinese anti-corruption chief who left the Communist Party's ruling body at this month's party congress, will likely be appointed vice president next year at President Xi Jinping's request, Hong Kong's Sing Tao Daily newspaper reported Monday.

The position would let Wang, who effectively served as Xi's right-hand man as the party's discipline chief, continue playing a key political role in government in such areas as foreign affairs and national security.

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