BEIJING — China appointed a longtime ally of President Xi Jinping as justice minister on Wednesday, signaling a new round of power consolidation by the leader after facing criticism over the coronavirus pandemic.
Tang Yijun has been promoted from his former position of governor of Liaoning Province, state news agency Xinhua reported. Tang worked under Xi when the latter was the party chief of Zhejiang Province in the 2000s.
This is the latest in what observers see as Xi’s efforts to tighten his grip on law enforcement apparatus. On April 19, party and state anti-graft authorities said they are conducting