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China's communist elite readies for power transfer

BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling communist elite are finalizing preparations for a painstakingly choreographed transfer of power to a younger generation of leaders.

The policy-setting Central Committee began its final meeting Thursday before Communist Party leader Hu Jintao and others in his government begin to cede power to Vice President Xi Jinping and others at a congress a week from now.

The government's Xinhua News Agency says the Central Committee will approve a policy platform Hu is to deliver at the congress and other reports.

The meeting is also expected to voice its condemnation of already purged senior official Bo Xilai, who is accused of involvement in the cover-up of his wife's murder of a British businessman.

Bo's ousting widened rifts within the leadership, complicating the bargaining over the roster of new leaders.

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