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China’s Xi Names Police Ally to Head Public Security Ministry

  • Wang Xiaohong has been rapidly promoted under Chinese leader
  • Corruption purge has ensured only loyalists control security

China installed Wang Xiaohong as minister of public security, handing a former colleague of President Xi Jinping control of the nation’s hard power before a twice-a-decade leadership congress.

Wang, 64, was appointed Friday, according to a statement posted on the website of the National People’s Congress, and replaces Zhao Kezhi who at 68 has reached retirement age. Wang also became a deputy director of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, the party’s top legal body, according to its official website.