China Looks to Disqualify Xi Doubters Ahead of Key Congress

Holding a foreign passport or expressing doubts about Communist Party policies are among the behaviors that could get candidates disqualified from 2,300 coveted seats at China’s leadership reshuffle this year.

For the first time local party committees are using “negative lists” -- including everything from bribe-taking to involvement with illegal construction projects -- to screen delegations to the 19th Party Congress, which will set China’s political hierarchy for the next five years. A front-page article endorsing the moves in the party’s flagship People’s Daily newspaper Monday showed the push has support from the highest levels.

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