A top Communist reformer has called for change in China on the eve of a 10-yearly power handover, saying that reining in the ruling party's unchecked power is the only way to modernise the nation.
The Forbidden City in Beijing early on November 6, 2012. The heirs of Mao Zedong convene this week to anoint China's next leaders, as the Communist Party maintains an iron grip on the economic powerhouse despite mounting calls for change in the Internet era.
Hu Deping, son of former party head and reformer Hu Yaobang -- whose death in 1989 sparked the Tiananmen Square democracy protests -- said the Communists needed to cast off the trappings of China's imperial past and advance constitutional governance.
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