Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also serves as general secretary of the Communist Party, has introduced sweeping reforms since coming to power in 2012 to form a highly centralised governing system. Photo: EPA-EFE Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also serves as general secretary of the Communist Party, has introduced sweeping reforms since coming to power in 2012 to form a highly centralised governing system. Photo: EPA-EFE
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also serves as general secretary of the Communist Party, has introduced sweeping reforms since coming to power in 2012 to form a highly centralised governing system. Photo: EPA-EFE

Explainer |
Who are China Communist Party’s ‘No 1 hands’ and why is Xi Jinping reining them in?

  • Provincial party chiefs have seen their power eroded through a series of sweeping reforms instituted by Beijing
  • The term is believed to have originated in the ancient Chinese secret societies to denote leadership positions

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also serves as general secretary of the Communist Party, has introduced sweeping reforms since coming to power in 2012 to form a highly centralised governing system. Photo: EPA-EFE Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also serves as general secretary of the Communist Party, has introduced sweeping reforms since coming to power in 2012 to form a highly centralised governing system. Photo: EPA-EFE
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also serves as general secretary of the Communist Party, has introduced sweeping reforms since coming to power in 2012 to form a highly centralised governing system. Photo: EPA-EFE
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