» 09/21/2009, 00.00
Silence and inaction dominate party plenum
The expected appointment of Xi Jinping as Hu Jintao’s successor did not take place. Vague promises are made to fight corruption, enhance internal party democracy and increase inter-ethnic harmony; but Hu says China should not copy Western democracy.
The secrets of the party plenum or who will succeed Hu Jintao
Politburo member Xi Jinping is slated to become the next vice chairman of the Military Commission and Hu’s likely successor. For ordinary Chinese though, what matters is to see the party do something against the widespread corruption among its officials, which has reached unprecedented levels.
Xi Jinping to be next vice-chairman of the party's Central Military Commission
Post is key step in succession process to replace Hu Jintao, set to leave the presidency in the spring 2013. Analysts are divided over the appointment; some believe it is all window-dressing.
Central Committee's plenum ends with 15 years worth of pledges
In a sign that not all is well in the land and that corruption is rampant, the in camera meeting's final communiqué talks about the need for ethics. The next party congress is scheduled for late next year. Hu's political rival, Zeng Qinghong, is tasked to organise the event.
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