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China's leadership reshuffle 2017

Xia Baolong visits India for a business conference in 2014 while Communist Party boss of Zhejiang province. Xia and President Xi Jinping worked together for more than four years. Photo: Bloomberg

What next for China’s heavy-handed cross toppler?

If Zhejiang Communist Party boss Xia Baolong does get the nod to oversee the country’s security and judiciary apparatus, President Xi Jinping will have locked in a trusted ally in yet another key party post.