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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Capitalism with Chinese characteristics

How many times can you say "scientific development of socialism" and "socialism with Chinese characteristics"? About every sentence if you are Hu Jintao addressing the 18th National Chinese Communist Party congress. The pic above is from a live feed via RT. There are some great shots from the floor and all angles at this incredible event.

Now the blood-letting over Bo Xilai is over the new leadership is going to be wheeled out - soon from what I gather.
More than 2,000 delegates are attending the meeting, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, which begins the once-in-a-decade power transfer.
President Hu Jintao is first on the agenda, delivering a work report on achievements and future goals.
Security is very tight across the city, with many dissidents detained or under house arrest, rights groups say.

I've seen twitter bitching from foreign journos that emails etc. are being blocked at the Great Hall of the People. What do you expect - it's fricken China!
The delegates choose a central committee, which then chooses the country's highest decision-making body, the Standing Committee of the Politburo.

The process takes place behind closed doors, with the make-up of the top bodies in reality decided ahead of time.

The current Standing Committee has nine members, of whom seven including Mr Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao are expected to step down.

The other two members, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, are expected to become party leader and deputy respectively. Mr Xi is also expected to take over from Mr Hu as China's president in March 2013.

Ahead of the congress there has been speculation that the number of seats on the committee will be reduced from nine to seven.

Vice-Premier Wang Qishan, propaganda chief Liu Yunshan, party organisation chief Li Yuanchao and Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang are thought to be the front-runners.

But the exact composition of the committee will not be clear until it is formally announced next week, likely on 15 November at a plenum expected to follow the congress.

UPDATE 3:10pm
Now I've just heard Hu talking about protecting nature and "socialist ecological progress" - as if adding the word socialist to everything makes it so. It so isn't and it so doesn't. It's Orwellian really.


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