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Li Keqiang resigns – who will step into Xi’s shadow?

Premier Li Keqiang will retire from office in 2023.

For many decades, the authoritarian political system of the People’s Republic of China had a political virtue. After two terms, that is, every ten years, both the president and his prime minister had to step down along with their teams, and two new politicians took over. “This is the last year I will be premier,” Li Keqiang confirmed on Friday. He is stepping down from his post after two terms. President Xi Jinping, on the other hand, intends to take a different path.

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