Talk of Chongqing party chief's promotion at Fourth Plenum

Chongqing party secretary Chen Min'er (left), a close political ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is widely seen as his protege and the front runner as heir apparent.
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The elite of China's ruling Communist Party will convene next week a long-awaited conclave that has been shrouded in secrecy, with pundits speculating about a possible political promotion within the ranks that may further cement President Xi Jinping's grip on power.

Mr Xi, who doubles as party and military chief, will kick off the long-delayed plenum on Monday at the People's Liberation Army-run Jingxi Hotel, which is off limits to ordinary people, The Straits Times has learnt.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2019, with the headline Talk of Chongqing party chief's promotion at Fourth Plenum. Subscribe