Politburo newcomer and Xi protégé confirmed as China’s new propaganda chief before presenting summary of party congress

  • Li Shulei, 58, reported on the five-yearly party conclave to Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress
  • Li will enforce Xi Jinping’s vision on ideology, films, internet and media and is expected to spearhead Beijing’s drive to shape global narrative on China

Politburo newcomer and Xi Jinping protégé Li Shulei has been confirmed as the Communist Party’s propaganda chief, with one of his first tasks to present the key message from the recent 20th party congress. The appointment was confirmed on Wednesday when Li, in his new capacity, attended a meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

During the meeting, Li reported on the five-yearly conclave that concluded on Saturday and saw President Xi Jinping kick off a groundbreaking third term as the party’s leader.

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