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Wang Qishan is a close friend of President Xi Jinping and headed China's anti-corruption body for years.   © Reuters
China People's Congress 2018

Xi's retired corruption czar elected to Chinese congress

Wang Qishan's return to politics sparks talk of run for vice presidency

OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's right-hand man and former corruption czar was named a congressional delegate Monday, sparking speculation that he may be in the running for the vice presidency.

Wang Qishan was elected a delegate to the National People's Congress by the local assembly in Hunan Province, according to Chinese reports. Wang had stepped down from the powerful Politburo Standing Committee at the Communist Party's congress this past October in line with an unofficial requirement that those 68 or older at the twice-a-decade meetings retire.

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