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Xi Zhongxun, the late father of President Xi Jinping, maintained close ties to the Ye family throughout his life.

The kingmaker clan behind Xi Jinping

Some 2,000km south of Beijing, the Ye family pulls the levers of power

YU NAKAMURA, Nikkei staff writer | China

GUANGZHOU -- Beijing, naturally, is where the action happens in China's political theater. But to really understand the country's complex power structure -- and the intense, ongoing struggle for supremacy -- it is also important to look backstage. 

That would be Guangdong Province, nearly 2,000km to the south.

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