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Wang taps Xi on the back; call it fishbowl politics

Wang Qishan, right, pats Xi Jinping on the back to get his attention as the two leave the rostrum of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BEIJING -- It was highly unusual: The seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee were leaving the rostrum, and Wang Qishan, China's anti-corruption czar, tapped Xi Jinping on the back to get the president's attention -- then began conversing with Xi as an equal.

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