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China's Xi Jinping: Harbinger of reform or just a conservative?

01/12/2013
Terril Yue Jones & Benjamin Kang Lim, Reuters

When Xi Jinping became the new leader of China's Communist Party two months ago, hopes were high for reform in the giant nation. But despite what appears to be sensitive handling of a strike by journalists and a challenge to Beijing's tight control of the press, signs of change seem tentative.

Xi's commitment to reform, or lack of it, will come into sharper focus over the next few months, in particular after he officially assumes the presidency in March at a session of the National People's Congress, the country's rubber-stamp parliament.

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Barry Naughton is Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs. He is the professor of Chinese Economy at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. His work focuses on issues relating to industry, trade, finance, and China's transition to a market economy. Recent research emphasizes on regional economic growth in the People's Republic of China and the relationship between foreign trade, investment and regional growth.

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