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10 People You Should Know in China

China's once-in-a-decade leadership transition marks a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. The super power will be in the limelight as it ushers in a new era of economic progress and development.

While there is a lot of interest in China's new generation of leaders, who are expected to keep the Asian giant on the path of growth, there are also individuals who are working behind the scenes, broking deals and influencing decision making.

We have put together a list of 10 most important people to know in China who are likely to have an impact on the country's future. Our top 10 includes China's elite who exert political influence, are economic leaders and well known social figures.

Click ahead to find out which Chinese politicians, heads of key organizations and businessmen and women you should watch out for.

By Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani Posted: Nov. 7, 2012.

Photo: Dieter Spannknebel | Getty Images