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.
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.

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe