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The omnipotent seven: meet the men who make up China's new politburo

As Xi Jinping begins his second term as China’s president, who are the members of his inner circle?
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 24: Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he leaves after the closing of the 19th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People on October 24, 2017 in Beijing, China. The 19th CPC National Congress is going to run 7 days and a new central committee of CPC will be produced. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping bestrides the seven-strong politburo, but there are six other people – all men – who will sit in power with him over the next five years. They are profiled below.

Wang Huning, China’s Kissinger

Already firmly within Xi’s inner circle, Wang Huning is the president’s top foreign policy adviser and frequently travels overseas with China’s leader. A former scholar known for his theories on , Wang,

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