Archive for the ‘Central Committee’ Category

China Ushers Into Position Its Next Era Of Leaders

October 22, 2007

By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, October 22, 2007; Page A17

BEIJING, Oct. 22 — Xi Jinping, the son of a Chinese guerrilla leader who rose through the ranks to become Communist Party chief in business-friendly Shanghai, was designated Monday as the most likely successor to President Hu Jintao as leader of the world’s most populous nation.

Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping

Xi, 54, a Ph. D. in economics, was the highest ranked of four newcomers in a new Politburo Standing Committee, the pinnacle of power in China’s Communist system. The nine-man group, including Hu and four other holdovers, was unveiled at a ritual introductory appearance before journalists following its acclamation by the new Central Committee that emerged Sunday from the party’s week-long 17th National Congress.

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Door to secretive China Congress opens by a crack

October 20, 2007

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Lindsay Beck

BEIJING (Reuters) – In Mao Zedong’s day, the world was not even aware China’s ruling Communist Party was holding one of its agenda-setting congresses until the whole event was over.

When the meeting packed up, firecrackers lit up the sky over Beijing and state television announced its great success, with no one outside of the Party’s inner circle any the wiser about what went on behind closed doors.

The Mao era is long over, but the Party is still firmly in charge, and with its 17th Congress under way, the door to its secretive meetings is opening — if only by a crack.

Hu Jintao
Hu Jintao

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China mum on new leadership on Party Congress eve

October 14, 2007

BEIJING (Reuters) – China‘s ruling Communist Party insisted on Sunday it remained relevant in the face of rapid social change, and on the eve of a major Party conclave indicated any steps toward political reform would keep it firmly in charge.

Li Dongsheng, spokesman for the 17th Party Congress, a five-yearly meeting that decides the country’s direction and leadership line-up, kept with the Party’s tradition of secrecy, giving no hint as to how its closed-door decisions will be made.
Congress spokesman Li Dongsheng answers a question during a news conference on the eve of the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing.

“Our party emphasizes holding up high the great banner of socialism with distinct Chinese features,” Li told a news conference. Political reform “must be promoted actively, yet prudently.”

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