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China’s Leaders to Meet as Elders Slam Censoring Wen

China’s Communist Party elite gather in Beijing tomorrow in the wake of a public challenge from retired officials who accuse some leaders of censoring calls by Premier Wen Jiabao for greater political openness.

The 200-odd Central Committee members are set to discuss personnel changes and a new five-year economic plan that starts in 2011. Vice President Xi Jinping may take a position on the party’s military commission, paving the way for him to replace General Secretary and President Hu Jintao, who steps down in late 2012, political analysts say.