The members of the new Politburo Standing Committee (from left) Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli step onto the stage in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November 2012. Photo: Reuters

Will Xi Jinping cut seats at Politburo top table from seven to five?

President may be able to consolidate grip if number of seats in Politburo Standing Committee is trimmed to five at next year’s five-yearly leadership shuffle

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The members of the new Politburo Standing Committee (from left) Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli step onto the stage in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November 2012. Photo: Reuters
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