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九长老 (jiǔ zhǎnglǎo): nine elders
The nine members of the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) from to 2002 to 2012: Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang, and Zhou Yongkang. The “nine elders” represented the ultimate decision-making body within the Chinese government.
The number of PSC members was reduced to seven in the 2012-2013 leadership transition.
See also nine presidents.
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