As China stage-manages a rare leadership change, the powerhouse faces economic and social challenges that threaten the Communist Party’s hold.
Two days after the Americans go to the polls to elect their president, China’s political elite will meet in Beijing for the 18th Communist Party Congress, heralding a once-in-a-decade leadership change for the world’s most populous country and second-largest economy. The handover of power from the incumbent leaders, President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, to their successors, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, will be tightly scripted and choreographed.
The business of the Communist Party’s National Congress will occur behind closed doors; no noisy rabble of protesters will be gathered ...
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