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The sixth generation: stalled for the CP leadership

One of the most prominent of the sixth generation of CP officials: Chongqing’s Party Chief Chen Min’er (left) in 2018 during a visit to Tunisia.

Like every five years in the early summer, the great speculation begins: Who will take which post at the upcoming Party Congress of China’s communists? Technically, the old guard around Party leader Xi Jinping would have to step down at the 20th Party Congress in October – everyone who is 68 years or older. Xi himself has just turned 69. But since Xi abolished term limits for the presidency, there is virtually no doubt that China’s strongman will secure a third term at least. So will other over-68 cadres also remain in their chairs?

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