China: Deng's Fast Track

Deng's Fast Track

Chinese Leader Deng Xiaoping has long been pushing for a transfusion of younger blood into the ranks of his country's aging leadership. Now Peking appears to have taken a major step in the gradual switch to a new generation. The People's Daily reported last week that nearly 1,000 "young and dependable cadres" had been selected as reserve leaders at provincial and ministerial levels and more than 10,000 others had been chosen for lesser positions in prefectures, cities and other government departments.

Many of the appointees will be replacing officials who have been encouraged to retire by such sweeteners as pensions equal...

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