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By Francesco Sisci

BEIJING - President Hu Jintao's official time in power will be up after nine years at the 18th Chinese Communist Party congress in the autumn of next year. Although he could linger on - as his predecessors Jiang Zemin and Deng Xiaoping did - for some years, sitting as chairman of the almighty military commission or as a senior adviser to the government, his tenure as president will be over. Now looks like the right time to draw some conclusions about his era.

Many things may be controversial about his personal contributions to China. The Beijing Summer Olympic Games, hosted in 2008, were won by his predecessor, Jiang; the economic success, overtaking Japan to have the number two gross domestic product (GDP) in the world, was certainly a product of Deng's decisions on reforms and Zhu Rongji's structural