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皇储 (huáng chǔ): heir apparent

Xi Jinping.

China’s “heir apparent” is Xi Jinping, will succeed Hu Jintao as president in the spring of 2013.

Although “heir apparent” 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 is both “heir apparent” and a “princeling,” being the son of former PRC State Councilor Xi Zhongxun.

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 had eaten their fill and had 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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