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Wang Qishan, right, former member of the Politburo Standing Committee, walks behind Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 5.   © Reuters
China People's Congress 2018

Wang Qishan near center of power at China party congress

Xi's right-hand man returns to national politics after brief retirement

DAISUKE HARASHIMA, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- China's annual National People's Congress got underway in Beijing on Monday, with Wang Qishan drawing particular attention near the center of the political action.

The 69-year-old right-hand man of President Xi Jinping stepped down from the Communist Party's highest decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, last October. But he remains in the legislature and there is lingering speculation he may be named vice president or to some other key post. 

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