Very different leaders in a time of change

China and the US chose their leaders last week - in very different ways. Both countries are facing profound change - perhaps China even more than the US, writes Tom McGurk.

11th November, 2012
Very different leaders in a time of change
'The Chinese political establishment continues to refuse to face the great nagging conundrum: trying to create economic freedom without political freedom'.

The contrast is truly astonishing. Last week, the leaders of the world's two great superpowers - whose decisions will almost certainly come to dominate our economic and political lives - were elected, but in very different ways.

The difference in how they were selected could hardly be more vivid. It leaves us gaping into the vast ideological divide between east and west.

Barack Obama, leader of 311 million people, was elected to the US presidency...

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