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China’s new leader prepares to take the reins

BEIJING — President Hu Jintao gave his final speech as head of China’s Communist Party on Wednesday, paving the way for a new generation of leaders that will be unveiled Thursday morning.

The new leadership lineup — a once-a-decade occurrence — will end months of internal rivalry, secrecy, and speculation and will determine the country’s future at a time of economic worries, increased regional tensions, and widespread clamor for reform.

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