4. Xi Jinping keeps promoting allies and breaking norms
Xi JInping's college roommate, Chen Xi, is taking over a party school, the latest close ally given a senior role, according to the South China Morning Post:
- For the past two decades, the post has been held by the first ranking member of the party's secretariat, a role filled by a member of the Politburo Standing Committee. Chen Xi is a member of China's second highest decision making body, the Politburo.
- Xi himself is a former head of the academy, as was his predecessor Hu Jintao and the recently retired ideology chief Liu Yunshan.
Other Jobs For Team Xi: Zhao Kezhi is the new head of the Ministry of Public Security and, as Sinocism predicted in the 10.25 newsletter, Xi loyalists Huang Kunming and Ding Xuexiang have been named Minister of Propaganda and head of the Central Committee General Office, respectively. The new head of the important Central Policy Research Office remains a mystery, as does the role that Hu Chunhua will take on.