Positioning for Power at China's Communist Congress

No one in the party has the clout to anoint a successor to Chinese leader Hu Jintao, says Hamilton College professor Li Cheng

Hu Jintao's blessing as a future leader of China came early. Two months before his 50th birthday and 10 years before he assumed the top office, Deng Xiaoping fast-tracked him onto the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) and everyone knew who would be following in Jiang Zemin's footsteps.

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.