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Hu Takes China's Helm

The Communist Party chooses 59-year-old Hu Jintao as its new general secretary, in effect taking the helm of the world's most populous nation. Hu is not expected to stray far from the path of outgoing President Jiang Zemin, who has pushed economic but not political reform. More from NPR's Rob Gifford.

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Rob Gifford
Rob Gifford is the NPR foreign correspondent based in Shanghai.