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Xi declares victory over old rivals Jiang, Hu

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Just before the start of the Lunar New Year celebrations on Monday, an important political event took place in China.

     Huang Xingguo, a close aide to President Xi Jinping and acting party secretary of Tianjin, appeared before the media for the first time since a series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in the port city south of Beijing killed or injured nearly 1,000 people. He broke his silence on Jan. 8 with a bold statement at a meeting of local officials.

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