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Three generations of Chinese leaders: Hu Jintao, left, Xi Jinping and Jiang Zemin. Xi is thought to be attending the annual summer conclave in Beidaihe, but without the most powerful party elders. (Nikkei montage/Kyodo/Yusuke Hinata)
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Analysis: Xi opens Beidaihe with no elders but plenty of challenges

Secretive conclave to discuss Taiwan unification, sour economy and U.S. ties

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

China's summer political season has arrived. Chinese Communist Party leaders -- retired and incumbent -- have gathered at the seaside resort town of Beidaihe in Hebei province to hold their annual, but informal and secretive, discussions on the state of the nation.

This year's gathering looks to be historic.

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