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Chairman who?

China has a new set of leaders. Do the Chinese care?

By Gabriel Corsetti  

(photo: ?X'mas?)

The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has drawn to a close, and a new set of unfamiliar grey bureaucrats now run the country. For a week, the Chinese media was full of predictably soporific reports on the “shiba da” (the “eighteenth big,” as the Congress is known). News of the important decisions was buried amidst incessant talk of “optimisation,” “scientific development” and “civilized and harmonious” matters.

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