» 10/22/2007, 00.00
Hu Jintao consolidates his power as 17th Party Congress ends
Fifth generation party leaders join the politburo. Hu’s party line comes out strengthened in Central Committee—the Shanghai Clique and other factions maintain their power. Religion is cited in an amendment to the constitution.
Economy and Maoist slogans at the CP Central Committee
The 370-member Communist Party Central Committee gets underway tomorrow. Participants must pick 25 candidates for the Politburo and 9 for the Standing Committee, China’s de facto government. Unless there is some last minute surprise, Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Li Keqiang should be elected.
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.
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.
Five new ministers bring new blood to cabinet
The cabinet reshuffle a few weeks before the party congress is not a showdown but an attempt to bring in new faces and increase the executive’s effectiveness. The Xinhua news agency gets a new editor. All is set for reconciliation between the Jiang and Hu clans.
Is Jiang Zemin stepping down?
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