Xi appoints new provincial chiefs, consolidates hold
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Less than a week after he took over as the new leader of the ruling Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping began carrying out reshuffle of the provincial party officials, including the Chongqing city headed by disgraced party leader Bo Xilai and country's biggest city Shanghai.
Xi began the reshuffle with the appointment of former agricultural minister Sun Zhengcai, 49, as the new party chief of Chongqing, which acquired notoriety after Bo's disgraceful exit.
Sun, who has no princeling tag and worked in rural areas, would replace outgoing chief Zhang Dejiang, recently promoted to the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee headed by Xi, which rules the country.
Xi also appointed Han Zheng as the chief of Shanghai. Han replaces Yu Zhengsheng, appointed to the Standing Committee of the Politburo.
The new appointments followed as Xi consolidated his hold over the party after taking over as general secretary and military chief from outgoing leader Hu Jintao.
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