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Approximately 4,000 years in the past, the traditional chinese language made a discovery that will ascertain the process their heritage and tradition for 2 millennia—the alloy of tin and copper referred to as bronze. Bronze used to be used for instruments and guns or even musical tools, however the nice Bronze Age of China has come all the way down to us customarily within the ritual vessels that symbolized strength and status for Chinas first 3 dynasties: the Xia, the Shang, and the Zhou.

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After the Sixteenth Congress, there were strong expectations that together with Hu, Wen might to some extent shift the focus of development away from the coast and to the central and western provinces. While most senior cadres on the political stage earned their spurs along the rich coast, both Wen and Hu spent a good chunk of their careers in the hinterland. As we shall see in Chapters 2 and 3, the Hu-Wen team has tried to enhance their national stature—and extend the CCP’s heavenly mandate—by stressing their concern for the masses, particularly those living in the neglected heartland and western regions.

By contrast, Shanghai’s leaders have good reason to fear that the east China metropolis might not be getting as many favorable policies now that the 26 CHAPTER 1 Jiang-Zeng faction is fading out. 57 In terms of ideology, Wen was expected to steer clear of controversial issues such as political liberalization. Indeed, since his arrival at the Zhongnanhai party headquarters in 1985, Wen has concentrated on bureaucratic and economic matters, not ideology, which is deemed a minefield of risks and uncertainties.

More far-reaching political liberalization would enable the Hu leadership to reap bonanzas galore on the diplomatic—and even energy—fronts. At a time when trade makes up around 70 percent of the country’s GDP—and the “world factory” is becoming dependent on fast-growing imports of oil and other resources—Beijing needs to lay to rest fears about the “China threat,” which seem to be gaining ground THE RISE OF HU JINTAO 33 around the world in direct proportion to the PRC’s growing economic and military might.

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