China's Former Antigraft Chief Wang Qishan Named Vice President

A CEFC logo hangs on an office door at CEFC China Energy Company Ltd.'s headquarters in Shanghai China Sept. 14 2016. 
    Credit Reuters

A CEFC logo hangs on an office door at CEFC China Energy Company Ltd.'s headquarters in Shanghai China Sept. 14 2016. Credit Reuters

China's President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Wang Qishan, China's incoming vice president at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on March 17, 2018.

The Communist Party-controlled legislature was slated to crown Jinping for the second term, however, all eyes were set on whether his former anti-corruption enforcer, Wang Qishan, would become his deputy or not, however, Wang's appointment was also confirmed with only a single vote in opposition by an unidentified lawmaker. With a trade war looming between the United States and China, Wang who has dealt with successive American administrations will have to draw on his experience as a problem solver for the job, the report said.

Xi, who was first elected president in 2013, is among a new generation of leaders who have found ways either to eliminate restrictions on continuing in office, or to continue as premier leader by switching titles. "The office provides a legitimization for the position of viceroy in its literal meaning as someone who stands in for the king".

Xi was also re-elected president by parliament, with no votes cast against him.

During his time as top graft-buster, Wang pushed China's campaign against corruption and violation of the Party's code of conduct, which has seen the downfall of both high-level officials and grassroots ones.

The change to the country's Constitution allows the two leaders to serve at their posts indefinitely.

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Mr. Wang's formal return to front-line politics and his emergence as a leading figure in China-U.S. relations comes as Washington rolls out punitive measures to address a bilateral trade imbalance that past year stood at $375 billion in China's favor.

Then on Tuesday, reports emerged that President Trump's administration was considering imposing tariffs on $60 billion worth of Chinese goods, which would target the tech and telecommunications sectors.

Still, Wang's brief to tackle economic issues with the USA is looking more complex with each set of trade figures. He also played important roles in China's response to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, in 2003 and preparing Beijing to host the 2008 Olympics.

Wang stepped down from the Communist Party's ruling council in October under informal retirement rules but remained a prominent member of the Politburo Standing Committee during the public sessions of the National People's Congress.

Cabestan said Wang would likely be considerably more influential than his immediate predecessor Li Yuanchao, given his close relationship with Xi and greater worldwide profile.

The Parliament, which is now in its annual session, also adopted the plan of Cabinet restructuring for better work performance.

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