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Xi pick for next chief of staff draws speculation before leadership shuffle

Ding Xuexiang's successor still unnamed heading into National People's Congress

Ding Xuexiang, who has served as Chinese President Xi Jinping's chief of staff since October 2017, is expected to be appointed vice premier in March.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The successor to Chinese President Xi Jinping's current chief of staff has yet to be named, in an unusual turn for a personnel move generally announced following the Communist Party's congress in October.

Ding Xuexiang serves in a chief-of-staff role as director of the General Office of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee. He became a member of the Politburo Standing Committee in October and is expected to be appointed vice premier in March.

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