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Li Qiang, the newly appointed Communist Party Secretary of Shanghai, seen here speaking at the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 7, 2017.   © Reuters
Politics

Xi loyalist picked as Shanghai boss

Suspected power grab sets off wider leadership reshuffle

WATARU KODAKA, Nikkei staff writer | China

SHANGHAI -- China's ruling Communist Party on Sunday appointed an ally of President Xi Jinping as the party's top official in Shanghai, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Li Qiang, the 58-year-old outgoing secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee, will replace Han Zheng as secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee. With Shanghai as the financial capital of China, Li's installment will reinforce Xi's hold on the national economy.

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