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皇储 (huángchǔ): heir apparent

Xi Jinping.
Prior to succeeding Hu Jintao as president in spring of 2013, Xi Jinping was referred to as China's “heir apparent.”

Although “皇储” is sometimes translated as “crown prince,” it is a separate designation from the “crown princes” (太子 tàizǐ) or “princelings”—descendants of prominent and influential senior Communist officials. Xi Jinping, son of former PRC State Councilor Xi Zhongxun, is also a “princeling.”

On February 11, 2009, Xi Jinping discussed international intervention in a speech to overseas Chinese in Mexico, generating yet another grass-mud horse neologism:

“There are some foreigners who have eaten their fill and have nothing better to do, pointing their fingers at our affairs. China does not, first, export revolution; second, export poverty and hunger; or third, cause unnecessary trouble for you. What else is there to say?”

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