China's new Politburo Standing Committee members (from L to R) Han Zheng, Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Wang Yang and Zhao Leji, line up as they meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing,ÊChina October 25, 2017.   REUTERS/Jason Lee - RC1510553400

China’s ruling political body has no one young enough to be Xi Jinping’s successor

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The new members of the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC)—the Chinese Communist Party’s top rung of power—notably included no one in their 50s.

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China's new Politburo Standing Committee members (from L to R) Han Zheng, Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Wang Yang and Zhao Leji, line up as they meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing,ÊChina October 25, 2017.   REUTERS/Jason Lee - RC1510553400
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That’s a signal president Xi Jinping could break with convention—which usually includes a carefully scripted transfer of power—to extend his rule beyond a second five-year term.

China's new Politburo Standing Committee members (from L to R) Han Zheng, Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Wang Yang and Zhao Leji, line up as they meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing,ÊChina October 25, 2017.   REUTERS/Jason Lee - RC1510553400
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There is now only one female member on the broader 25-member Politburo—Sun Chunlan, 67, in charge of spreading party influence abroad and at home.

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