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2012: A Troubled Year for China’s Fifth Generation Leadership


The new guard at the head of the Chinese Communist Party will be hoping to get a grip of the party’s factional rivalries and put the scandals of 2012 behind them before the National People’s Congress in March.

As China’s fifth-generation leadership filed onto the red-carpeted stage in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People in order of seniority in November, the juxtaposition of the 18th Party Congress against the US presidential election could not have been more striking. After months of crystal-ball gazing over the possibility of reform in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the message seems to be ‘not any time soon’. Given General Secretary Xi and Premier-to-be Li Keqiang’s relative

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