China's Xi appoints his allies for key party posts before the party congress

China's Xi appoints his allies for key party posts before the party congressChinese leader Xi Jinping has changed people in three top provincial-level Communist Party posts.

Chinese President is trying to place his men in important positions just before next year’s party congress, which takes place every five years. More new appointments are likely to be announced soon.

Xi is trying to appoint close allies into the party's ruling inner core, the 25-member Politburo and the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee. Xi, Communist Party and military chief, is ranked No 1 in the Standing Committee – the apex of power in China.

For now in Yunnan province, bordering Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, Chen Hao replaced Li Jiheng, while in Hunan, Du Jiahao took the party's top job, Xinhua reported.

The new leader was also appointed in Tibet, one of the country's most politically sensitive areas. Wu Yingjie, who has already stepped up in his position, spent almost his entire career in Tibet, according to his official resume, having previously served as a deputy governor and propaganda chief.
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