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Who will be China's next premier? Key meeting may offer clues

Economic and diplomatic problems create bumps for Xi's ambitions

From left: Hu Chunhua, Li Qiang and Li Xi. (Photos by Akira Kodaka)

BEIJING -- The biggest question to be answered in this week's high-profile Chinese Communist Party meeting will likely not be who is being set up to succeed President Xi Jinping, but who will be the next second in command.

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