China’s politics are notoriously opaque. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Allies of Chinese President Xi Jinping are moving against a Communist organization that is the power base of Premier Li Keqiang, in what analysts say may be a sign of faction-fighting at the top of the ruling party. The Communist Youth League has long been a proving ground for young up-and-comers to demonstrate their political talent, particularly those who – unlike Xi – are not party "princelings" with the advantage of high-ranking parents.It has produced some of the country's top leaders, including Xi's presidential predecessor Hu Jintao as well as Li, and its alumni are seen as a leading faction within the Communist party.But as Xi moves to consolidate power, the group has come under sustained attack, including direct reprimands from the president himself.The CYL was formed in 1920 to promote Communist ideology to youth between the ages of 14 and 28, and has historically generally been more reformist than conservative.
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