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CBC Live Online: China's New Leadership

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mi-china-red-flags-460-CP03584264.jpgRed flags flutter on Tiananmen Square, near the Great Hall of the People, where the closing ceremony of the 18th Communist Party Congress is being held, in Beijing, China. (AP/Alexander F. Yuan)

China's elites gathered in Beijing this week to pick the country's new leaders and chart a course for the superpower's future.  As expected, Xi Jinping succeeded Hu Jintao as the country's leaderwhile Li Keqiang is presumptive premier (or prime minister). 

But they'll have to deal with the significant challenges facing China, chief among them slowing economic growth and rising unrest among citizens. On average, 500 protests occur in China every day. 

On Thursday, Nov. 15th we held a special edition of CBC Live Online. 

We chatted about China's future with current CBC bureau chief Catherine Mercier in Beijing; former CBC Bureau Chief in Beijing and now an independent documentary filmmaker, Patrick Brown; and Wenran Jiang, a political science professor at the University of Alberta and a Senior Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Our chat is now finished but you can watch the replay here:


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