China’s Next Cabinet Shapes Up

The ceiling of the 10,000-seat auditorium in China's Great Hall of the People. When China’s Premier Wen Jiabao sends his second – and last – list of cabinet recommendations to the National People’s Congress in March, the key finance portfolio is expected to go to rising star Li Keqiang, who is also the Executive Vice-Premier designate. Li, 52, a Hu Jintao protégé and leader of the so-called Communist Youth League faction within the Communist Party, will also be in charge of overall “macro-economic adjustment and control,” a code word for cooling down the overheated economy and promoting balanced growth.

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