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China politics analyst Bo Zhiyue of the National University of Singapore called the personnel change “a very important signal that a power transition is taking place.”

In Communist Party politics, the outgoing leader, who has built a support base while in office, typically attempts to retain power after leaving office, a check on the new administration.

Mr. Bo said he thought the shift is being accelerated, creating an arrangement “more in favor of the new leadership than the old one.”