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Chen Min'er, left, and Hu Chunhua, are seen as likely successors to President Xi Jinping.

Xi may keep potential successors out of top political body

Chinese leader seen plotting to stay in power beyond second term

TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI, Head of Nikkei's China Headquarters | China

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping may not promote his potential successors to the Communist Party's powerful Politburo Standing Committee, a move some say is aimed at keeping his job even after his second five-year term as party leader ends.

Among Xi's would-be successors, Chen Min'er and Hu Chunhua, the party bosses of Chongqing and Guangdong provinces, respectively, stand out. For them to become heirs apparent, they would need to land one of the standing committee's seven seats during the ongoing party congress, which kicked off Wednesday.

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