November 14, 2012 2:12 am

Who wields power in China?

China’s 1.3bn inhabitants are ruled by a tiny elite that changes once a decade and is picked in secret by a small group of leaders.

What relationship does this elite have to the rest of the Communist party, the state and the army? Can we expect reform of the Chinese political system in the coming years?

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