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Heir Apparent Sets Mood For U.S. Visit

Xi Jinping, expected to succeed Hu Jintao as the head of the Chinese Communist Party and China’s next president, set the stage Monday for an important upcoming visit to the United States. From Reuters: “No matter...

China's Retired Leaders Don't Fade Away

The Economist notes the potentially disruptive accumulation of former Chinese leaders pulling strings from behind the scenes—and even returning to the stage: When former leaders have kept a hand in things, they have...

Xi’s the One, but Hu’s Replacing Wen?

At Foreign Policy, Damien Ma considers a possible upset to Li Keqiang’s succession to the position of Premier next year, as a rival candidate emerges. That contender is Vice Premier Wang Qishan, a face most familiar to...

China’s Choice of Leaders Restricts Reform

The Financial Times describes the opaque process by which national leaders in China are selected and approved, and how the necessary appeasement of special interests suppresses reform. Even now, outsiders cannot discount the...

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