» 10/15/2010, 00.00
Party Central Committee to address economic reforms, doubts over political reforms
The 12th five-year plan (2011-2015) is on the agenda and could lead to a new model of economic development based on “inclusive growth”. The gap between haves and have-nots and “hatred of the rich” have become a major social problem. Corruption represents about 30 per cent of GDP. Wen Jiabao speaks of reforms, but there is resistance. Vice President Xi Jinping might be promoted.
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Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party opens
The focus is on the issue of "strictly governing the party”. Corruption remains the main concern with economic and political reforms at a standstill. New members prepare to enter the Central Committee. Wang Qishan’s retirement is a question as is Xi’s.
Annual economic growth over next five years to drop to 7.5 per cent
GNP growth averaged 8.8 per cent in past five years. Currently, population is growing by ten million a year.
Shenzhen, political reforms and the ambiguities of Wen Jiabao and Hu Jintao
The Chinese President proposes political reforms for the capital of China’s modernisation but with “Chinese characteristics”. Two weeks before, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao had pleaded for political reforms; otherwise, economic modernisation would fail. Pro-democracy activists examine the issue. For some, the Chinese regime is not willing to “acknowledge internationally accepted values”.
Beijing announces landmark agricultural reform
Reform is touted but few details are released. According to some reports rural residents will get title to their land or at least very long leases, better social services and some baby steps towards democratic elections. But many problems remain to be solved.
Is Jiang Zemin stepping down?
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