One of the leading contenders for one of the top slots is the current Communist Party Chief of Guangdong, Wang Yang. Yang has cultivated an image of a political reformers, but not everyone in Guangdong sees that way.
The Chinese government finally announced when its Party Congress would take place, the event where its leadership turns over and a new generation steps up. Among those competing for a top spot is Wang Yang, a top party leader in Guangdong province.
President Xi Jinping was formally handed a second term Wednesday, with no clear successor emerging in a revamped ruling council, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for him to dominate China for decades to come.