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Marathon runners run past the portrait of late leader Mao Zedong in Beijing's Tiananmen gate. The struggle for political survival has always been ferocious in China.   © Reuters
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It's life-or-death for 'Mr. Qisan'

Big fish Wang Qishan has slipped into the dark ahead of the Oct. 18 Party Congress

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer

TOKYO -- In the world of intelligence and espionage, public information is the puzzle and the piece that does not fit is the window through which spies try to understand what is going on.

A quick look at the public appearances of the "China Seven," the seven members of China's top decision-making body, shows that one person has vanished behind the clouds.

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