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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - He Guoqiang
Xi Jinping, who is expected to succeed Chinese leader Hu Jintao and take charge of the communist state for the next 10 years, went into hiding last week, instantly shifting China's rumor mills into high gear.
For two years in a row, China will spend a huge portion of its annual budget on forces used to check growing social discontent and for protecting the communist regime from popular challenges. The official budget figure for internal security spending released this week highlights Beijing's anxiety about mounting social unrest and its determined focus on countering it.
"This year," he announced, "cold weather in Beijing lasts longer than usual.