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Global 13

Global Insight2013 Critical choices for China’s new leader Last November, when Xi Jinping was elected to lead China for the next ten years, he promised to move towards a more “harmonious society”, to reduce corruption and ease social tensions. But his promises for change have brought challenges, not least the need to convince the deeply conservative Politburo members that clinging to the status quo risks China’s rising position on the world stage O of global signifi cance in 2012. While the change in the raw materials and non-interference of other nations in its internalThe new Politburo and government are likely to maintain thebroad contours of Chinese foreign policy, focusing on access ton the other side of the globe from the US presidential elec-tion, China saw the second main national political event leadership in Beijing in November was predominantly a domestic affairs, but they will also have to deal with a more assertive US po- affair, the impact of the People’s Republic on the world is such that sition in their home region under President Obama’s ‘Asia pivot’. the policies followed by the last major state ruled by a Communist Clashes with Japan and the Philippines, both US allies, as well Party affects most other nations. as with Vietnam have led to increased tension in a region which Credit: Nggsc CC BY-SA 3.0 20 lwww.global-briefing.org first quarter 2013global


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