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Synopsis: Wang Huning, an unsmiling Politburo member in silver-framed spectacles and a neat side parting, is a permanent fixture in Xi Jinping’s diplomatic entourage. American officials who try to engage him on the sidelines of international forums find making casual conversation with him tough.
Wang, the top strategist for two previous Communist Party leaders, has been laying the groundwork for Xi’s political plan for China, and has good standing in the Xi leadership. SinoInsider believes that Wang has a shot for higher office at the upcoming 19th Party Congress.