Meanwhile On the Other Side of the World

Mixed results on keeping reform alive in China:

Hu is no exception and had to make compromises. He failed, for example, to name Li Keqiang, his favored candidate, as sole successor. Indeed, Li stepped out on to the podium Monday after Xi, confirming a belief among analysts that, for the moment at least, Xi has a slight edge in the race to lead China. (If previous practice is followed and no unforeseen events intervene