China is governed by a group of politicians called the "Politburo Standing Committee." Every five years some members of the group retire and new members are appointed in a secretive political negotiation. Researchers from our bureau in China compiled a database of every name in the Politburo since the first committee was appointed in 1956. In a nutshell, the graphic shows the history Chinese political succession.
After I came up with a visualization plan, brilliant Amanda Cox kindly helped me to reorganized it using R (that saved me days of work). Alan McLean, also brilliant, worked on the web version. Below, the print page.