Xi's New Reform Group Holds First Meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Claude Bartolone, President of the French National Assembly, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Jan. 23, 2014 Photograph by Goh Chai Hin/AFP via Getty Images

Its formal name is the Central Leading Group for Overall Reform. On Jan. 22 in Beijing, its almost two dozen members, chaired by President Xi Jinping, convened for the first time. Because it is the newest of the Chinese Communist Party’s secretive lingdao xiaozu, or “leading small groups,” it’s unlikely that outsiders will ever know its operations in great detail. But following its first meeting, a rough picture has emerged.

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