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New leaders, new chance

As China’s new president takes power, the US has a rare window to redraw the relationship

By Jon Hunstman   December 2012

Xi Jinping kicks a ball during a visit to Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium in February (Photo: Reuters/David Moir)

On 8th November, as the 18th Party Congress gathered in Beijing to anoint a new president, China entered a new era. The past three and a half decades have been defined by the influence of Deng Xiaoping. Deng, who came to power in 1978, opened up the diplomatic door between China and the world—and the economic door, too. A generation ago, China had an economy about the size of Argentina’s; by 2020,…

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