China’s President Xi Jinping designates some sidekicks

The new vice-president is a firefighter; the new deputy prime minister a brainbox. It seems almost quaint to focus on the officials elevated to leadership positions under Xi Jinping, China’s president. Mr Xi, after all, is now being called the Communist Party’s core, helmsman of the country and the people’s leader—all titles associated with Mao Zedong. Mr Xi’s thought has …

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