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BEIJING, Oct. 21 -- The Chinese Communist Party announced Sunday that three of its most powerful leaders were retiring, making way for a new generation including the eventual successor of President Hu Jintao as head of the world's most populous nation.
The announcement, on the official New China News Agency, marked the latest step in a carefully orchestrated sequence of decisions at the party's week-long 17th National Congress, designed to reshuffle China's top leadership...