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In China's "whole-process democracy," President Xi Jinping's vote carries the day. (Nikkei Montage/Source photo by Xinhua/Kyodo)
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Chinese democracy: Xi says 'whole process' of decision-making is sound

No elections planned, despite president's new slogan

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- One year and eight months since its last key meeting, the top echelon of the Chinese Communist Party descended on Beijing for a four-day gathering through Oct. 31.

Despite immense speculation, the 19th Central Committee's fourth plenary session came and went with no bombshell announcement in terms of new policy or personnel promotions.

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