The New Chinese Leadership

Read this Economist article (recommended by Brian H.) on what challenges await China’s next leader, Xi Jinping.

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4 thoughts on “The New Chinese Leadership

  1. Michael W

    The paper lays out a reasonable reform agenda that would surely make China a more decent place for its citizen however “road maps” to political reform like this do not seem realistic to me. Change, I believe, is more likely to be thrust upon the Party and happen quickly rather than at their desired pace. If it is left up to the Party, it has so many vested interests to consider and unravel that real change – as opposed to things like its transition to “democracy” within the Party – would take decades. Just look at all innuendo surrounding the leadership transition to understand how strong and divided the various factions are. Political reform hardly seems like an agenda they will unite around.

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  2. Phoenix

    Did I miss something in this article? With a lead article entitled: The man who must change China, I expected (was hoping) to learn more about Xi Jinping and why/how he was chosen to become China’s Politburo secretary general. Having said that, it was interesting to learn a bit about his connection to “Happy Xiajian” village and his time in a People’s Commune in northern Shaanxi working as a son of the yellow earth during the Cultural Revolutions. Hopefully these experiences have helped prepare him for what lies ahead.

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  3. Michael W

    Unfortunately for you and others looking for those answers, no one outside the highest reaches of the CCP knows how or why – besides his Princeling connections – Mr Xi has been chosen to lead the Party. An interesting snippet I read in today’s Financial Times about Li Keqiang, the new premier, is that he is the only official at the top of the party to have taken part in a competitive election. In 1980 he won a vote to became head of the student assembly at Peking University. Who knows how much of an impression his brush with democracy 32 years ago made on him?
    After the US election, one of the Chinese online newspapers was scathing of US-style democracy for promoting a popularity contest. Is it better to have a popularity contest in which the candidates’ histories, backgrounds, and views on major topics are known or to have a virtually unknown leader installed by an unknown process?

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  4. Tsang Wa Hei, Daniel

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20607336
    It is interesting enough to see what is the first move of Xi Jinping after he took office. Several articles by the official media and speech by Xi Jinping indicate that the Communist Party is stepping up anti-corruption enforcement and tightening unnecessary lavish public spending by provisional officials. I see this as an assertive approach to tackle one of the most worrying problems China is facing – internal instability stemming from its people’s discontent. In terms of democracy and political reform, it does not seem to bordering Communist Party so much. It is partly due to the fact that, though pathetic, most of Chinese people have never experienced western democracy. Their demand on wealth and fairness often overrides the pursuit of liberty and votes.

    Nevertheless, just like what Michael said earlier, the competition for power by various factions in Communist Party may well be a strong resistance against changes. Since there are too many vested interests in the Communist Party, this road of evolution is bound to be difficult and bumpy. In addition, the pace will be influenced by many external factors, which are literally outside the control of Communist Party. The worst scenario would be a vigorous reform (or revolution) initiated by the dissatisfied public, which would definitely seriously undermine the economics of China. As such, the future of Communist Party and therefore China, will be very much relied on Xi Jinping’s leadership.

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