Advantage Hu Jintao

Who says China's communist leaders have no sense of humor? When President Hu Jintao introduced the nation's new lineup of top leaders at the grand finale of the 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, he stuck mostly to the near-robotic demeanor that has become his trademark. But when Hu named the new members of the party's Politburo Standing Committee — the nine-member body that effectively runs the country — he gave the faintest of smiles as he singled out Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, the two top candidates to take over his job when he steps down...

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