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Xi ally Li Qiang keeps Shanghai party chief job, but star fades

COVID lockdown seen hurting his chances of joining Politburo Standing Committee

Shanghai Communist Party Secretary Li Qiang has seen his chances of joining the powerful Politburo Standing Committee shrink this year.   © Reuters

BEIJING/SHANGHAI -- Li Qiang, a close ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, was reappointed as Shanghai's Communist Party chief on Tuesday, though public dissatisfaction with the city's two-month COVID-19 lockdown clouds his political future.

The Chinese Communist Party is selecting representatives for each of the country's 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions to attend the twice-a-decade party congress this fall. Though the Shanghai representative was chosen on Monday, Li's reappointment was not decided until the day after, fueling speculation that he faces opposition within the party.

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