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Xi continues clashing horns with party elders

Former Chinese Presidents Hu Jintao (left) and Jiang Zemin

TOKYO -- In China, even after a new leader takes office, his predecessor often continues to wield power through the numerous senior officials he installed -- whether in the Communist Party, the military or the government -- before stepping down.

     This system has much in common with the practice of insei, or "rule by a retired emperor," in ancient Japan.

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