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China's President Xi Jinping mulling over new succession system to pick heir

Chinese President Xi Jinping seen on screen during a show in June marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at the National Stadium in Beijing. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - For centuries, succession politics have plagued China, and it wasn't uncommon in ancient times for an emperor to depose an erring or errant designated heir and name a new crown prince.

But it was often a last resort and politically destabilising to any dynasty.

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