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From left, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Politburo members Chen Min'er and Hu Chunhua.
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Xi toys with leadership reshuffle at party conclave

Promoting next-gen leaders at long-delayed meeting one way to blunt criticism

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- When China announced its growth numbers for the July-September quarter earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump pounced.

"I don't think it's 6," Trump said at an Oct. 21 cabinet meeting, only days after Beijing's announcement of 6% real growth in gross domestic product. "I think it's probably minus-something. It could very well be minus. It could very well be in negative territory."

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