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Mao Zedong’s Grandson Among The ‘Princelings’ Not Invited To China’s Party Congress

A grandson of Mao Zedong is among the “princelings” from China’s People’s Liberation Army who have not been invited to the upcoming 19th party congress. Major General Mao Xinyu is one of five senior military figures descended from or with close family ties to revolutionary generals or former state leaders who will miss out on China’s most important political event, which is held just once every five years.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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Five Things You Need To Know About China’s National Party Congress

The Communist Party of China (CPC), the country’s ruling party since the end of the civil war in 1949, will begin its once-every-five-year National Congress on Oct. 18, at which time a new slate of party leaders will be elected. In the major party reshuffle, some officials will stay in their posts; others will be elevated; and some will retire. The nation will closely watch, as the new mixture of leadership will help shape China’s future political and economic landscapes.

Read Here – Caixin Global

Can Xi Jinping Head Off The Grey Rhinos In China’s Economy?

Common sense goes that the first step in solving any problem is recognising there is one. But if one ignores the problem and allows it to balloon to the edge of a crisis before recognising the severity of the issue, that means common sense has long gone out the window and all one is left with is a mess or even worse. That is what has happened with China’s massive and fraud-ridden financial system in which a herd of “grey rhinos” brazenly grew, charged around, and punched big holes, threatening to sink the system with a full-blown systemic crisis.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

What To Expect From Xi Jinping’s Communist Party Congress Power Play

Through rounds of reshuffles and a relentless war on corruption that has felled more than 200 senior officials, Xi has managed to place loyalists or associates of close allies in key positions in central and provincial government and powerful party departments. Many are now poised to be elevated to the Central Committee and some to the Politburo.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

What’s Next For The House Of Sharif?

Just a few months ago, another term seemed all but guaranteed for the recently disqualified prime minister. How did it all go so wrong for him? And what does the House of Sharif have in store for the future?

 

Goodbye, Nawaz

Attack the court, blame the boys, curse fate and the stars, it doesn’t really matter. Nawaz is gone and he isn’t coming back. There’s no precedent for unwinding a Supreme Court judgement during a democratic spell and there won’t be. Nawaz is gone.

Read Here – Dawn

Nawaz Vacates PM House, Departs For Murree

Pakistan, Ousting Leader, Dashes Hopes For Fuller Democracy – New York Times

Downfall Of Chinese Rising Star Points To Xi Power Play

The fall from grace of a rising star in China’s Communist Party sheds light on how a reshuffle of the country’s top officials may play out under the leadership of President Xi Jinping later this year. Sun Zhengcai, 53, the youngest member of the ruling Politburo, was replaced as party chief of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing. He is under investigation for violating party regulations, according to four officials with knowledge of the matter.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Leaks, Lies, And Chinese Politics

It may seem odd that Chinese elites would use leaks at all, given the Communist Party’s opacity and Beijing’s tight control of the press. But it is precisely because China’s media is not free that leakers seeking to damage their opponents may turn to foreign outlets. In doing so, they take advantage of the fact that the Great Firewall is permeable and that the information they share can spread—if not among the wider public, then at least among high-level officials.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Born Red

Xi is the sixth man to rule the People’s Republic of China, and the first who was born after the revolution, in 1949. He sits atop a pyramid of eighty-seven million members of the Communist Party, an organization larger than the population of Germany. The Party no longer reaches into every corner of Chinese life, as it did in the nineteen-seventies, but Xi nevertheless presides over an economy that, by one measure, recently surpassed the American economy in size; he holds ultimate authority over every general, judge, editor, and state-company C.E.O.

Read Here – New Yorker

From Bhutto To Zardari

The PPP under Asif Ali Zardari has lost its founding ideals. From Bhutto to Zardari, it has been a long and tragic story of the once the most powerful political force in the country falling into decay.

Read Here – Dawn

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