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Communist Party directive reveals Xi's conservative colors

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Pro-democracy activists call for the release of Gao Yu in Hong Kong on April 17.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- A confidential paper commonly referred to as "Document No. 9" in China is in the spotlight following a court ruling in a high-profile case involving its leak to the public.

     On April 17, an intermediate people's court in Beijing sentenced Gao Yu, a 71-year-old Chinese journalist, to seven years in jail for allegedly leaking the document to foreign media.

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