China's Rising Leaders

Beijing's next cadre is market-smart, business-savvyand perhaps even open to change

A Communist Party Congress might seem like a throwback to an older, less dynamic China. What the public sees of these events, scheduled once every five years, are video clips of 2,000-plus bureaucrats in the Great Hall of the People, a monumental, socialist-realist edifice in the heart of Beijing. In a vast auditorium swathed in a sea of red bunting, they'll listen to hours and hours of turgid speeches and then cast near-unanimous votes.

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