Chinese Leaders Reel From Scandal

    In this photo taken on March 11, 2012, Ling Jihua, a loyal aide and confidante to President Hu Jintao, top left, sits near Chinese President Hu Jintao, right, and Premier Wen Jiabao, left, as they attend a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China’s hopes for a smooth, once-a-decade political transition have been shaken by a lurid new scandal involving the death of senior official Ling's son who crashed during what may have been sex games in a speeding Ferrari. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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    A speed-demon playboy may have caused big trouble for China’s leaders. The state-run media have tried to bury a fatal March car accident involving the 23-year-old son of influential presidential adviser Ling Jihua. Two women, one of whom later died, were in a black Ferrari with the young man when it spun out of control and crashed. Censors have had little luck squashing the story on social-media outlets, and officials seem to fear that the fast-life tale from the upper echelon of China’s gilded ultra elite may do permanent damage to the circle that surrounds President Hu Jintao.

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