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China’s next inner circle

Xi Jinping is taking power while his two predecessors, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, are still alive and leading powerful, opposing factions, casting him as consensus-builder rather than reformer

By Irene Jay Liu and Chris Ip  /  Reuters, HONG KONG

“Xi will not have enough time to build up a distinct faction,” Lam said. “He will have to spend a lot of time building consensus within the top leadership because he doesn’t have a distinct faction of his own. So there will be a lot of give and take.”

“Politically, I think things will remain frozen as it’s difficult to get a consensus for political reform,” Lam said.

Additional reporting by Jean Lin, Julie Zhu and Elizabeth Dilts

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