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The weakening of Hu Jintao

Overview

The Chinese Communist Party Congress which ended in Beijing on 22 October marked a fresh stage in the country's political development – though evidently not as the leader, Hu Jintao, had intended. The outcome makes plain Hu's weakness in a system designed for strong direction from the very top.

Though the members of the new Standing Committee of the Politburo agree on the need to continue strong growth, the decline in Hu’s status will hamper clear policy formulation and...

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