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The 12 Politicians Battling For Control Of China

•, Mamta Badkar
 This means we will soon know just who will be nominated to the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) – the most important decision-making body in China.

Chinese media reports have said that the PSC will be restricted to seven seats, down from nine. Senior party officials are said to have reduced the number to limit power given to those in the position of domestic security chief and the propaganda minister.

Current domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang's ties to Bo Xilai even prompted party officials to write a letter calling for him to be fired. They also called for the sacking of propaganda minister Liu Yunshan.
The formation of the PSC is closely watched, and this year has already had its fair share of high-octane drama.

Former Chongquing chief Bo Xilai who at one point was certain to get a spot on the PSC was ousted from his position earlier this year, the first scandal.

Then Hu Chunhua, president Hu Jintao's ally, who was expected to be a member of the PSC was appointed Chongquing party chief which is a challenging position, but is viewed as a "sideways move" rather than a promotion, according to Reuters. Moreover, two sources told Reuters that "Little Hu" is unlikely to be admitted to the PSC.

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