Home A Young Pioneer attends the weekly flag-raising ceremony at the East Experimental School in Shanghai A Young Pioneer attends the weekly flag-raising ceremony at the East Experimental School in Shanghai

A Young Pioneer attends the weekly flag-raising ceremony at the East Experimental School in Shanghai

A Young Pioneer attends the weekly flag-raising ceremony at the East Experimental School in Shanghai November 5, 2012. Created in 1949, the Young Pioneers movement is considered a seedbed for future members of the Chinese Communist Party, and consists of children between the ages of six and 14. The ruling Communist Party is trying to pull off a smooth leadership transition this month, against a backdrop of purges, plots and prison sentences. Just weeks away from a once-in-a-decade succession, the full make-up of China’s next leadership and its agenda are unknown and still being negotiated in secret, in contrast to the very public leadership battle underway in the United States. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS EDUCATION) – RTR3A06P

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