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Change of the guard

Nov 07, 2012, 11:20 PM EST
Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.
(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Having become the world's second largest economy and seen its middle class and standard of living rise, China greets its next generation of political leaders with a slowly simmering democratic impulse for economic and social reform.