Two articles discuss China's announcement of the appointment of two politicians to powerful roles within the Communist Party's governing body.
Li Qiang, who led the Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai this year, has been appointed as the country's next premier, and Li Xi, party chief of Guangdong province, has been put in charge of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, which roots out and punishes corruption within the party.
In The Guardian's report, Li Qiang's appointment had come as a surprise to some, given his lack of experience as a vice premier or in leading an impoverished province, a prerequisite for the top jobs in the party.
Li Qiang also faced criticism for his handling of Shanghai's Covid-19 lockdown, which sparked rare protests and battered the city's economy.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Li Xi, while not having worked directly with President Xi during his career, is viewed as having gained the leader's trust to secure his sensitive role as head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
Xi's corruption fight has been popular among the Chinese public and has helped him consolidate power by replacing rivals with his own loyalists.
Li Xi's appointment is seen as a reinforcement of Xi's anti-corruption campaign.
In summary, China's Communist Party announced the appointment of Li Qiang as the country's next premier, despite criticisms over his handling of the Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai earlier this year.
Li Xi, party chief of Guangdong province, was also appointed to head the powerful Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
While Li Qiang's appointment was a surprise to some, Li Xi's appointment is viewed as a reinforcement of President Xi's anti-corruption campaign, which has helped him consolidate power by replacing rivals with his own loyalists.