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Rising star of China's Communist Party bets on private enterprise

Chongqing chief Chen Min'er courts internet giants to spur growth

Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Chen Min'er has encouraged companies like Alibaba and Tencent to set up local bases. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

CHONGQING -- Chen Min'er, one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's closest aides and the Communist Party chief of Chongqing, is calling in reinforcements to shore up the slumping local economy. The recruits: Private companies, including the country's internet giants.

Chen, who was named municipal party chief a year ago, is the first Chongqing leader to call for developing private enterprise since Wang Yang, who served as party secretary there from December 2005 to November 2007. The success of this approach has major implications for Chen's career prospects.

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