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PacNet #21A – Succession, SARS, Summit Diplomacy, and Hu’s Six Months in Power

In the next two weeks, President Hu Jintao will travel to Russia, France, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia for state visits and summit meetings (Shanghai Cooperation Organization and G-8). The rest of the world will have a chance to size up the relatively unknown "paramount" leader, barely out of the shadow of succession and SARS.