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China's parliament convening under shadow of Bo Xilai case

China's parliament convening under shadow of Bo Xilai case

Updated 1 March 2013, 16:59 AEDT

China's parliament - the National People's Congress - will meet in Beijing next week, officially electing Xi Jinping as the country's new head of state.

The meeting will be an opportunity for the new leadership team to outline some of its key policies and perhaps the first signs of an economic roadmap for the nation.

But one prominent Chinese power-broker will be absent from the proceedings.

Bo Xilai was once touted as a future leader of the Communist Party.

Now he's in detention and it's likely he'll serve a long prison sentence on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

His wife is already in prison convicted of murdering a British businessman.

Bo Xilai himself hasn't been seen for almost a year but he's reportedly on a hunger strike and refusing to cooperate with his interrogators.

Presenter: Fran Kelly

Speaker: Geoff Raby, former Australian Ambassador to China, now chairman of business advisory firm Geoff Raby and Associates

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