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Xi Jinping’s coronation signals a new era for China

The rest of the world must now adjust

By Isabel Hilton  

Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China. Photo: Lan Hongguang/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

On Wednesday this week, on a capacious stage in the Great Hall of the People, the Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping unveiled the new Standing Committee of the Politburo: six men in addition to himself, of similar age, wearing almost identical suits. The only distinguishing feature in the line-up was that two of the successful candidates were wearing ties of a different colour to the prevailing red. It was the closing…

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