China's new VP could be problematic for CPC

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Wang was at the frontline of Xi's anti-corruption purge, heading the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, which has punished 1.5 million officials in the past five years, from low-level officials to civilian bigwigs and generals.

Jinping is also elected as the head of the powerful Central Military Commission, the apex command of the Chinese military.

Wang's elevation today is regarded as yet another step to change the rules followed by CPC as now he would continue in power despite crossing the retirement age.

Yanmei Xie, a China policy analyst for Gavekal Dragonomics in Beijing, said appointing Wang could extend decision-making beyond the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, the party's top body and a key component of the collective leadership system set up after Mao's tumultuous rule.

"Wang will have as much authority as Xi grants him", said political commentator Deng Yuwen. In February, the surplus with the United States stood at US$21 billion, official data from China's General Administration of Customs showed, more than double the $10.4 billion recorded during the same period past year.

From India's perspective for the new line-up of officials, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was widely expected to be elevated to be State Councillor which makes him the top diplomat of the country.The elevation will entail him to become China's Special Representative for India-China boundary talks.

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"Choosing Wang as vice president is certainly to consolidate his power", Hua told AFP. "The problem is that he has too few people who are loyal and competent for his use, so he has to retain Wang and give himself more time to cultivate more talented people", Hua added. Among Mr. Wang's priorities will be helping Mr. Xi manage the critical but increasingly fraught relationship with the USA, people familiar with the matter have said.

"Maybe they'll be able to come up with a solution for this massive brewing storm with America about imbalances and tariffs".

After the demolition of the two-term limit, Xi and his close confidant Wang are all set for a lifelong tenure.

China's rubber-stamp parliament approved Xi's appointment to a second five-year term on Saturday in Beijing, days after repealing constitutional provisions barring him from a serving a third.

"Our Chairman Xi is too great, truly he is too great", said Du Meishuang, a Chinese opera singer and delegate from Chairman Mao's home province of Hunan.

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