No successor in the wings as Xi reveals new leadership

Oct 25, 2017, 5:56 AM EDT
China's President Xi Jinping has cemented is grip on power for next five years.
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China announced a new leadership line-up without a clear successor to President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, a move that marks a shift from recent precedent while cementing the incumbent leader’s grip on power for next five years and beyond.

The newly appointed members of the Politburo Standing Committee, China's most powerful body, are all in their sixties, which spurred speculations over how long Jinping’s plans to rule and who will be his eventual heir, writes the BBC.

Even as Chinese “propaganda apparatus” has hailed the ruling party’s show this week for its “openness and transparency,” a majority of western media organizations have drawn parallels between Beijing and North Korea for the opaqueness and secrecy that cloaks Chinese politics, notes The Guardian