East Asia Watch: China's power rankings: Reading the tea leaves

The expected promotion of Chen Min'er failed to materialise - a sign perhaps that in troubled times, President Xi still calls the shots

BEIJING • For those reading the tea leaves on the future of China's leadership hierarchy, recent events offer fresh insights.

When Chongqing's Communist Party secretary Chen Min'er hosted Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat in the south-western Chinese city last month, Mr Chen's political star then seemed to be on the rise.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2019, with the headline 'China's power rankings: Reading the tea leaves'. Print Edition | Subscribe