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2012 was supposed to be a year of smooth political transition to the 6th generation of Chinese Communist Party leaders. Instead, the 18th Party Congress is being prepared under unexpected and unwelcomed auspices. The Bo Xilai purge has highlighted not only the degree of impunity and corruption of some top Party leaders but also the widening divisions among the CCP leadership over China’s political, economic and social development model. More recently, the Chen Guangcheng affair has also illustrated the growing gap and tensions between the state and a society that is getting more autonomous and difficult to manage, let alone control.
We already know who will take the reins of the country. But do we really know them? Are we fully aware of the policies that they will design and implement? Do they themselves know these political options? Nothing is less sure in this year of the dragon, a usually impredictable year according to the Chinese tradition…
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