Xi Jinping's Inner Circle: Political Protégés from the Provinces

October 22, 2014, Cheng Li

President Xi Jinping advanced his political career primarily through county, municipal and provincial leadership positions over 25 years, and from his contacts in those positions he cultivated a broad web of mentor-protégé ties. Cheng Li focuses on the personal and political bonds Xi established during his tenure in various localities and analyzes how these protégés are now positioned as supporters of Xi’s effort to consolidate his power and carry out his policy agenda.

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