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It was past 9 p.m. on Financial Street in Beijing by the time the figure inside Huarong Tower picked up an inkbrush and, with practiced strokes, began to set characters to paper.

Another trying workday was ending for Wang Zhanfeng, corporate chairman, Chinese Communist Party functionary — and, less happily, replacement for a man who very recently had been executed.

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