The official reasons for Sun Zhengcai’s downfall will be interesting and potentially significant. The top leadership’s choice of narrative will reveal the message it prefers to project to the wider party and the country. Illustration: Ingo Fast

What a potential successor’s fate says about Xi Jinping’s ambitions

Steve Tsang says placing Sun Zhengcai under investigation may signal the Chinese leader is strengthening his hand in the lead-up to the 19th party congress and beyond. Is Xi positioning to stay in power in 2022?

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The official reasons for Sun Zhengcai’s downfall will be interesting and potentially significant. The top leadership’s choice of narrative will reveal the message it prefers to project to the wider party and the country. Illustration: Ingo Fast
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