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Will Xi Bend Retirement 'Rule' to Keep Top Officials in Power?

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  • Drafter of Xi policy documents calls guideline ‘pure folklore’
  • Remarks add new uncertainty to upcoming leadership reshuffle

A senior Communist Party policy official dismissed as “pure folklore” a retirement rule widely used to predict Chinese leadership changes, calling into question key assumptions about who will step down after President Xi Jinping’s reshuffle next year.

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