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Tracking China's Leadership Transition


Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping walks past Chinese President Hu Jintao (front left), former Chinese President Jiang Zemin (front center) and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao (front right) during the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People on November 8, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

As China begins its once-a-decade handover of power at the upper reaches of the Communist Party, Asia Society offers a range of perspectives on the 2012 transition between outgoing President Hu Jintao and President-to-be Xi Jinping. Scroll through the commentary, reportage, and videos below for insights into this opaque political process.

Orville Schell: A 'More Even Keel' for US-China Relations?

Policy The Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and other experts offer insights into what Xi Jinping brings to the U.S-China relationship.
February 24th by Rebecca Chao |

Tiger, Tiger: Can the US and China 'Live Harmoniously'?

Policy The two countries must not allow election year hysteria and nationalist forces to taint what will continue to be an essential, albeit challenging, relationship, write Andrew Billo and Yan Shufen.
February 22nd by Andrew Billo |

Vice Presidents Joe Biden, Xi Jinping Focus on Education

The senior officials visit an Asia Society school that is working on bridging the US-China knowledge gap.
February 17th by Grace Norman |

On US Visit, China's Xi Jinping Will 'Only Be Able to Go So Far'

Policy Asia Society's Mike Kulma says Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the U.S. is a coming-out party for the presumptive new president that will do little to address thorny issues in China-U.S. relations.
February 14th by Michael Kulma |

Xi Jinping and U.S.-China Relations in the Shadow of the Arab Spring

Policy Contrasts between the way some diplomatic topics are thought about on opposite sides of the Pacific can be striking, and these different worldviews can complicate meetings between leaders, writes Jeffrey Wasserstrom.
February 10th by Jeffrey Wasserstrom |

What Will Hu Jintao Think of 'Titanic 3D'?

Policy The Chinese leader's recent "cultural war" seems to be part of an unpleasant “new normal” for China, in which any excuse can be used to justify a tightening of control, writes Jeffrey Wasserstrom.
January 6th by Jeffrey Wasserstrom |