The Chinese Communist Party’s former anti-graft tsar Wang Qishan, who recently retired from his position, appears set for a return to a high-profile role, according to the Financial Times.
Wang was named a delegate to the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, on Monday. Jude Blanchette, an expert on Chinese politics at The Conference Board in Beijing, told the FT that “it seems preposterous that this isn’t leading to something else.”
Wang, 69, stepped down from the Politburo Standing Committee, the party’s highest political body, in October after much speculation that he may continue past the normal retirement age. Previously, he was in charge of President Xi Jinping’s high-profile anti-corruption campaign as head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, and was widely regarded as the second most powerful man in China after Xi.