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Power struggles make picking China's next leaders daunting

Published on Oct 31, 2012 7:29 AM
Mr Wang Yang, Party Secretary of the Guangdong Province, claps during the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this March 3, 2012 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MORE than 350 top cadres of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will gather for the seventh and last time tomorrow to finalise the leadership succession plan to be adopted at the 18th Party Congress, which opens next Thursday.

The plenum, as the gathering is called, will have a daunting task, given the short time it has.

Over the next few days, it will pick the select few who will sit on the CCP's powerful Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), which essentially rules China.

Besides the PSC, the plenum will also have to finalise the line- up of the Politburo, which is a rung below the PSC, and the Central Secretariat.

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