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Clockwise from bottom-left: Jiang Zemin, Song Ping, Zeng Qinghong and Hu Jintao "used their last bit of strength" to keep Xi Jinping from giving himself even more power. (Nikkei montage/Kyodo/Yusuke Hinata)
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

Contrary to popular belief, the Chinese Communist Party's recently closed national congress may not have been a one-sided victory for General Secretary Xi Jinping.

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