Wednesday, October 31, 2012
China's November leadership transitionJavier Solano reminds us that "on November 8, more than 2,000 members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will gather in Beijing. Approximately a week later, the members of the Politburo Standing Committee will walk out in hierarchical order, preparing to take charge of a growing country of 1.3 billion people." (The World After November Project Syndicate 10/29/2012).
Bloomberg Businessweek recently did an issue featuring several stories on China 10/01/07/2012 issue). Who Really Runs China? 09/26/2012 provides a slideshow rundown on some of the leading figures in the current Chinese Communist Party leadership. The Politburo is the leading body in the Party, and the Standing Committee the core leadership group within the Politburo.
Dexter Roberts in China's Leaders: Who Holds the Real Power? 09/26/2012 summarizes the central leadership groups:
Sometime in the next few weeks, the Chinese Communist Party will likely convene its Party Congress, which meets every five years to set major policies and choose its Central Committee of about 370 members. This year a major leadership change will take place. China watchers are scrutinizing the personality and goals of Vice President Xi Jinping, who’s almost certain to become the country’s next party secretary, president, and, at some point, head of the military. Analyzing Xi is crucial—especially given his recent, mysterious two-week absence from public view. (He’s since been seen in good health at various functions.)Xi Jinping is one of the top contenders for the main leadership role.
Peter Ford writes about the leadership transition in Who are China's potential new leaders? Christian Science Monitor 10/25/2012.
Both Roberts and Ford speculate that Xi will be the new head of the Party and chief leader. Deutsche Welle provides this sketch of Xi by Mathias Bölinger, Xi Jinping: the compromise candidate 10/30/2012:
Xi is married to Peng Liyuan, his second wife, who is a popular singer in China. Her patriotic songs such as "My Fatherland" and "Forward China" are fitting for the wife of a senior public official. But in the closed world of China's party elite, the high-profile liaison has made Xi a bit of a maverick.Tags: china
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