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> Behind the United Front of Chinese Communist Party, a rivalry between competing factions is heating up. Sources with ties to Beijing told Reuters that ahead of the big leadership reshuffle next year President Xi Jinping is taking aim at one of the party's powerful factions, the Communist Youth League.
Reuters' Ben Blanchard says it all has to do with legacy.>> And what President Xi is trying to do, and we'll see him increasingly do this ahead of next year's party Congress, is really trying to cement his own rule. Get his own people into the Standing Committee of the Communist Party, which is the apex of power in China.
Then he can consolidate power, then he can look forward in 2022 when Xi Jinping should step down.>> The Youth League is a starting point for those wanting to join the Communist Party. Former President Hu Jintao rose to power within its ranks and stacked the top with his supporters.
Now sources say President Xi is behind a series of attacks on the group. It saw its budget slash by half this year, and has been blasted by state media for being quote, elitist and inefficient. Analysts say it's to early to say how this political game will play out, but one thing is certain, the Communist Party itself isn't going anywhere.
>> Although we talk about these different factions within the party, ultimately these are not people with major policy disagreements. There's not really any serious discussion about embarking China on the road to maybe a multi-party democracy. That's something that's really anathema to all senior members of the Communist Party, no matter which faction they belong to.
>> Analysts say that President Xi isn't only out to burnish his legacy, in bringing his on supporters on board, he's also deciding who takes his place in 2022.