China's political elite convened behind closed-doors November 1 in their last formal meeting ahead of next week's landmark power handover. At least 500 members of the Communist Party's Central Committee met to debate key issues ahead of a congress which will open on November 8 to usher in leaders for the next decade. The congress is set to name Vice President Xi Jinping to succeed outgoing President Hu Jintao, while Vice Premier Li Keqiang is expected to replace outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao. Amid these preparations, a Chinese court sentenced a man who posted pro-democracy articles online to 8 years in jail. The court claimed the case involved state secrets and did not hold an open trial.
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