China's Looming Succession Conflict

China's Looming Succession Conflict

Vice President Xi Jinping made a brief visit to the western-China metropolis of Chongqing this month and has given important clues about the "crown prince's" political orientations and his relations with key Chinese Communist Party (CCP) factions.

After his induction into the Central Military Commission (CMC) last October, there is little doubt that the 55-year-old Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member will succeed Hu Jintao as party general secretary at the 18th Party Congress slated for late 2012.

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