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Former President Hu Jintao, left, leaves his seat next to his successor, Xi Jinping, during the closing ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 22. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)
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Analysis: Was Hu Jintao about to express discontent?

Chinese palace drama spills out in front of cameras at party congress

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.

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