China Leadership Monitor

Xi Jinping’s Inner Circle—Part 5: The Mishu Cluster II

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Beijing, China
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Xi Jinping’s personal assistants (mishu), both previous and current, constitute a major cluster among his inner circle. Because of their very close working relationship with Xi, they are often among his most trusted confidants. This final installment in the series first shows the continuing large representation of mishu in the current national and provincial leadership.  It then reveals the strong bonds between Xi and his mishu, as well as their diversity. It concludes with a brief assessment of Xi’s consolidation of power in the middle of his first term and his new strategy for elite recruitment for the 19th Party Congress.

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Xi Jinping’s Inner Circle—Part 5: The Mishu Cluster II