Li Zhanshu has built close ties with President Xi Jinping. Illustration: Henry Wong
Li Zhanshu has built close ties with President Xi Jinping. Illustration: Henry Wong

Li Zhanshu: key aide to China’s Xi Jinping vaults to top of Communist Party

New Politburo Standing Committee member Li Zhanshu befriended Xi when they ran neighbouring counties in Hebei more than three decades ago

Li Zhanshu has built close ties with President Xi Jinping. Illustration: Henry Wong
Li Zhanshu has built close ties with President Xi Jinping. Illustration: Henry Wong
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