Are the new mayors of Shanghai and Beijing both Xi Jinping protégés?
Top politics and current affairs news for January 20, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "The Trump-Xi era begins."
- Two former Xi subordinates elevated in China’s biggest cities / Bloomberg
As we noted at the end of 2016, Ying Yong, a “former close subordinate” of President Xi Jinping, was in the running to be mayor of Shanghai. Today, his appointment became official, while Cai Qi was named mayor of Beijing. Both new mayors are sometimes characterized as being part of the “Zhejiang Clique,” meaning that he served as an official in Zhejiang Province at the same time as Xi (2002–2007) and is seen as especially loyal to the president.
- Punches, kicks and the ‘dangling chair’: Detainee tells of torture in China / NYT (paywall)
- Chinese are masters at blackmailing — each other / Foreign Policy
- Wang Jiuliang: Ghost towns and shattered land / China Digital Times
- Benzene tank truck plunges to river, two killed / China Daily
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