In his opening statement to the Chinese Party Congress that opened in Beijing today, outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao was remarkably candid in criticizing graft and corruption and conceded that these problems have contributed to protests and are a threat to the party and the regime. It was made clear, however, that Hu’s likely successor, Xi Jinping, will not undertake any significant political reforms and will continue to build up the Chinese military to press its territorial claims.
The 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress opened today in Beijing to rubberstamp a new set of leaders and policy positions. The week-long meeting is highly scripted by the country’s leadership elite. While the decision-making process of the Chinese Communist Party remains secretive, the Congress will give hints at future Chinese policies and up-and-coming Chinese party officials likely to rise to senior government positions.
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