Will China's new regime bring 'crucial' change?
12 November 2012 Last updated at 22:51 GMT
China's ruling Communist Party will later this week unveil a new set of leaders.
Economic reforms have transformed China into the world's second-largest economy but its 1.3 billion population and continental size mean the problems these new leaders face are still daunting.
Will the ruling class keep pace with the change in contemporary Chinese society?
John Simpson reports.