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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

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China Leaders To Meet In November To Back Reforms

Senior Party members will meet in November in Beijing to discuss deepening reforms, and experts said they expect the meeting to set China’s economic agenda.

The decision to hold the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee was made at a meeting of the Party’s political bureau on Tuesday, which adopted plans for streamlining local government, and preventing and punishing corruption over the next four years.

Read Here – China Daily

The Big Bo Trial

Bo Xilai, the former Politburo member charged with bribery and abuse of power, will go on trial on Aug. 22, bringing the Communist Party’s gravest scandal in more than 20 years a step closer to its conclusion. Bo will face trial in the eastern Chinese city of Jinan in Shandong province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He will face charges of bribery, graft and abuse of power, according to Xinhua.

Read Here – Bloomberg

The Next Leap Forward For China

On June 20 of last year, two and a half months after disgraced former Chongqing Communist Party Chief Bo Xilai was dropped from the Politburo, another member of China’s elite 25-man decision-making body was all smiles in the southern city of Dongguan.

During a tour of the bustling factory city, one of the most overt symbols of China’s experiments with capitalism thus far, the then Guangdong province party chief Wang Yang waxed lyrical about his plans to tackle the province’s spiraling crime and economic malaise.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The Myth of Xi Jinping’s “New” Leadership

As China prepares to finalize the leadership transition that began last November and will conclude in March, there is no shortage of proposals for world leaders to engage China’s new leader Xi Jinping as the foundation for the future of relations with China. The idea is to get in “on the ground floor” as Xi takes over from Chinese President Hu Jintao, who will give up his last title to Xi at the National People’s Congress in March. The problem, however, is that opening was five years ago when Xi made the Politburo Standing Committee

Read Here – The Diplomat

China’s New Militancy

“We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully—not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear,”President Obama said in his second inaugural address.

How exactly does the international community “engage” hostile states?  Take China, for instance.

Xi Jinping, named Communist Party general secretary in November, reflects a new militancy.  On Tuesday, he delivered a hard-edged speech to the Politburo in which he effectively ruled out compromise on territorial and security issues.  His tough words were in keeping with the ever-more strident tones of his messages to the People’s Liberation Army about being ready to plan, fight, and win wars.

Read Here – The Diplomat

‘Little Hu’ Takes Over Party Post in China’s Guangdong Province

Hu Chunhua, the second-youngest member of the Communist Party’s new Politburo, was appointed party boss of Guangdong, the southern manufacturing hub that has China’s biggest provincial economy.

Hu, 49, replaces Wang Yang, a fellow Politburo member whose new post hasn’t been announced, the Xinhua News Agency said yesterday. Wang appeared publicly earlier this month when he hosted the party’s new general secretary, Vice President Xi Jinping, on a tour of the region. Formerly party secretary of Inner Mongolia province, Hu may become a top leader in the country’s political transition a decade from now, according to political analysts including Bo Zhiyue, senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s East Asia Institute. His nickname is “Little Hu” for his close ties to Xi’s predecessor as party general secretary, Hu Jintao.

 

Read Here – Bloomberg

 

New China Edict: No More Pomp and Circumstance

For many years top Chinese politicians have lived a bit like rock stars, without the paparazzi. Never mind that few of the political elite have swagger like Jagger, China’s leaders have long enjoyed walking red carpets, waving before enthusiastic (if preorganized) crowds, traveling with large entourages, and speaking from stages adorned with crimson banners and lavish floral arrangements. On overseas trips, busloads of Chinese students are often brought in to make photogenic, adoring greetings at airports.

Now these perks are being assailed. According to a statement released on Tuesday by China’s governing 25-member Politburo, red carpets, expensive banners, traffic blockades, and other varieties of ostentation should be eliminated “in order to remain close with the public.” As reported by China’s state-run Xinhua News, the statement continued: “The style of officials, particularly top officials, has an important impact upon the style of the Party and the style of the government and even on the whole of society.”

Read Here – Businessweek

The Dust Settles

LESS than a week after the biggest shuffle of China’s leaders in a decade, the prime-minister-in-waiting, Li Keqiang, set tongues wagging with a speech about the country’s economic development. A government news-agency gushed that if his words could be summed up in four syllables, they would be “reform, reform”; if in six, then “reform, reform, reform”. If only reading the tea leaves were that easy.

Mr Li, now a deputy prime minister, has officially to wait until the annual session in March of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), to become prime minister. But the Communist Party has already in effect given him the post. The outgoing prime minister, Wen Jiabao, having stepped down from the ruling Politburo earlier this month, is a lame duck. During a visit to Thailand on November 20th he told a group of overseas Chinese that he hoped people would forget about him. After revelations in the New York Times about colossal wealth amassed by his family during his premiership, Mr Wen has good reason to wish for a low-profile retirement.

Read Here – The Economist

Xi Warns of Regime’s Demise Unless China Tackles Graft

Xi Jinping, the new head of China’s ruling Communist Party, told his fellow leaders that unless they address corruption social unrest may rise and it could lead to the demise of the party.

“The preponderance of facts tell us that the more severe the corruption problem becomes, it will ultimately lead the party and the nation to perish!” Xi told members of the ruling Politburo on Nov. 17 in remarks published yesterday in the People’s Daily, the party newspaper. “We must be vigilant!”

Xi’s comments came two days after he took over leadership of the 82-million member party from Hu Jintao, who is also expected to turn over the state presidency to Xi in March. The Communist Party was rocked by the biggest political scandal in a generation this year with the ouster of Bo Xilai from the Politburo in April and the conviction in August of his wife for the murder of a British businessman.

Read Here – Bloomberg

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