China’s parliament chose former top graft- buster Wang Qishan, a key ally of President Xi Jinping, as Vice- president on Saturday, widely – expected move that nonetheless breaks with convention and underlines Mr. Xi’s dominant authority. Mr.Xi was also re- elected President by parliament chose former top graft – buster Wang Qishan, a key ally of President Xi jinping, as Vice- President on Saturday, a widely- expected move that nonethelsess breaks with convention and underlines Mr. Xi’s dominant authority.
Mr.Xi was also re-elected President by parliament, with no votes cast against him. The body is packed with party louyalists and there was no chance he would not win the vote. Mr.Wang bowed twice and then walked over to Mr.Xi to shake his hand after the vote was announced inside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. Only one person voted against Wang out of the 2,970 votes cast.
Known as “ the fire fighter” for his central role in tackling issues like corruption and domestic financial problems over the years, Wang also has experience dealing with the United States in his former role as a vice premier who led annual economic talks with Washington.
He was a major player in Mr. Xi's battle against corruption, with dozens of senior officials jailed during his tenure as the top graft-fighter, including the fearsome domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, now serving life in jail.
Last Sunday, parliament voted to amend the constitution, which removed presidential and vice-presidential term limits, meaning Mr. Xi can stay in power indefinitely. Mr. Wang's appointment has the potential to reshape what has traditionally been a ceremonial role. China's relationship with the United States is likely to be a key part of his remit, according to diplomats and sources with ties to the leadership.