Later this week, China's new leaders will be unveiled - the select small band of men who will run the country for the next ten years.
Stalwarts of an old communist political structure, they face a series of major challenges posed by a new society which has higher expectations resulting from greater wealth and more freedom, principally through the internet.
Michael Anti, a Chinese blogger and activist, explained to the BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson that the feeling of freedom in Beijing and China is mixed.
"This generation of people is embracing freedom of speech
it is almost like a training for the citizenship," he explained.
However he went on to warn: "If you dare to criticise central government I think the crackdown will be very serious."
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