On May 11, the Wall Street Journal reported under the headline "China’s Forgotten Premier Steps Out of Xi’s Shadow as Economic Fixer,” revealing that people close to policymakers said Chinese Premier Minister Li Keqiang was trying to influence the selection of his replacement when he steps down as premier in less than a year. Li's goal is to find another prime minister who can check on Xi Jinping as he likely reigns for at least another five years.
The 66-year-old Li Keqiang, who will step down next year, has recently become the focus of attention. There are reports that Li Keqiang, who is "putting out the fire" for the authorities' troubled economy, has become a potential counterweight to Xi Jinping at the top of the Communist Party and intends to influence the selection of the next prime minister.
Before the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) this fall, there is also the Beidaihe Conference, and these days, some news about high-level power struggles are circulated overseas. Are the rumors about the secret fight between Li Keqiang and Xi Jinping baseless?