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Cabinet reshuffle expected in China

President Xi, who is expected to stay in office for another 5 years in China, is expected to make changes in the cabinet.

At the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which will be held on October 16, it is expected that President Xi Jinping will continue to serve for another 5 years.

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With the re-election of Xi, who has served as the head of state for 10 years, he is expected to make changes in the upper management and the cabinet.

At the Congress, in which 2300 delegates of the Communist Party will attend and 200 members of the new Central Committee will be elected, this 200-member Central Committee will elect the Politburo and the Standing Committee.

Prime Minister Li, who has been in office since 2013, is expected to step down with Xi’s re-election. Candidates to replace Li are Deputy Prime Ministers Liu He, Han Zheng, Hu Chunhua and Sun Chunlan.

Cheng Li, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said that while Deputy Prime Minister Liu He is currently among the 25 members of the Politburo, Liu He is not a member of the 7-member Standing Committee that includes President Xi and Prime Minister Li. . Li argued that the election of Liu He as Prime Minister would be a result of his “international popularity”.

 

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Li said that if Han Zheng, a member of the Standing Committee, becomes the new Prime Minister, this “will give a message of policy continuity”, while the election of Hu Chunhua will give a “leadership in unity” message.

Recalling that Wang Yang served as Deputy Prime Minister from 2013 to 2018, Li emphasized that Wang is known as market-oriented and his election would mean “drastic policy change”.

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