Review: The New Emperors: Behind the masks of China’s senior cadres

Kerry Brown’s ‘The New Emperors’ offers insights into a secretive and increasingly hereditary elite: FT

new_emperorsWhen the seven ageing men in matching dark suits strode out from behind the red curtain on November 15 2012, the assembled members of the world media in the Great Hall of the People were rewarded with the only moment of real drama in the Chinese political process.

I had arrived a little late and was standing on a chair near the back as President Xi Jinping gave a short speech in front of the other members of the standing committee of the politburo of the Communist party of China.

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