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November 13 , 2017

The China Renaissance

The Rise of Xi Jinping and the 18th Communist Party Congress
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Rising superpower China duly anointed a new generation of leaders led by Xi Jinping at the Communist Party's 18th National Congress held in November 2012. While the conclave itself passed off with smoothly choreographed efficiency, the months leading up to this once-a-decade transition were anything but orderly. Intense factional wrangling behind the scenes was accompanied by scandals very much in public view. In the most spectacular furore the political aspirations of Communist aristocrat Bo Xilai were dashed, at one time threatening to derail the meticulous stage managing of the congress itself.

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Contents:
  • From Strongman to Consensus Rule
  • The Hu-Wen Decade: Glorious, Golden and Lost
  • Change Agent or Steady as She Goes?
  • Sent-Down Youth Rise Up
  • Power Behind the Curtain
  • Bo Xilai: Slide from Fame to Shame
  • Beijing's Big Reshuffle
  • Jangling Global Nerves
  • Reform: Easier Said Than Done
  • New Leaders Seek China's Renewal
  • Will China Miracle Lose Its Magic?
  • The Media Genie
  • Lost, Found and Still Searching
  • Who to Watch

Readership: All who are interested in China affairs.
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