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Retired sages audit 'Xi's China' at summer conclave

Political winds indicate that powerful president will be forced to review policies

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- China's summer political season is in full swing: The ruling party's annual conclave in Beidaihe, a seaside resort in Hebei Province, has begun.

The country's current leaders and Chinese Communist Party elders gather every summer for the closed-door "Beidaihe meeting" to informally exchange views on the state of the party and the country.

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