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Former President Hu Jintao, left, Vice Premier Hu Chunhua and President Xi Jinping will be jostling for influence at the upcoming national congress. (Source photos by Reuters and Ken Kobayashi)
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Hu Chunhua likely to be surrounded by president's allies if promoted

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.

Who enters China's top leadership after the Communist Party's 20th national congress, which begins Sunday, remains in mystery.

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