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China's reformist central bank chief could be a tough act to follow

Any successor of Zhou Xiaochuan, who is expected to retire soon, will face challenges working for President Xi

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The expected retirement of Mr Zhou (right), seen here with JPMorgan Chase International chairman Jacob Frenkel, would be part of a broader reshuffle of China's leadership pegged to the Communist Party Congress, a twice-a-decade event that will begin on Oct 18.

Wuhan

THROUGHOUT much of China's economic rise over the past three decades, one Chinese official quietly played a pivotal role in pushing an embrace of free markets.

That official, the urbane central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan, is widely expected to retire soon. His replacement may

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