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Xi Jinping harmonised Hu out of his power acceptance speech yesterday

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 November, 2012, 9:20am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 November, 2012, 10:20am

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In 2002 when Hu Jintao gave his acceptance speech at the Communist Party's 16th national congress, he spent half of it praising then-outgoing president Jiang Zemin and his "Three Represents" theory.

Yesterday at the Great Hall of the People, Xi Jinping had his first opportunity to give the world indication of what sort of leader he plans to be, and during his speech Xi not only left out any mention of Hu but also what Hu wants to be his political legacy, a 'scientific concept of development'.

'Harmonious society' also failed to get a shout-out, as did Mao Zedong, but Xi was generous enough to give Hu a handshake for the cameras.


China abroad

Christian Science Monitor
-- Letter to China's new leader, Xi Jinping (+ video) But you face citizens around the globe who are saying, “Enough is enough.” First among them are the citizens of China. They’ve had enough corruption, income inequality, land expropriation, environmental ruin, human rights violations, and third-world-quality education and health care.

-- China unveils new drones aimed at buyers in developing countries "We've been contacting many countries, especially from Africa and Asia," Guo Qian, a director at a division of CASC, said when talking about the interest and marketability of the company's military grade drones. "They are quite interested in the intermediate and short-range UAVs because they are portable and low-cost."

Harvard Law School
-- Building the financial system of the 21st Century: A Q&A with Professor Hal Scott The symposia, started in 1998, bring together senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the U.S. and their counterparts from China, Europe, Japan, and Brazil each year for intensive dialogue on issues affecting international capital markets. 

The Hill
-- Lawmakers urged to investigate Chinese cyber espionage Lawmakers should investigate China's cyber espionage of U.S. military, government and commercial targets, a congressional advisory panel urges in a new report released Wednesday.

Washington Post
-- Less money, mo’ problems: What China, the U.S., and Europe have in common The stakes are unimaginably huge. If leaders of these nations succeed at preemptive strikes against their deepest troubles, it could create a stable and prosperous 21st Century. If they fail, the consequences could be dire.


China at home

-- China Drone Maker Expects to Double Sales on Islands Dispute The country intends to increase monitoring at sea amid a row with Japan about the ownership of islands in the East China Sea, Huang Xingdong, deputy head of CASIC’s drone-making arm, said in a Nov. 13 interview at the Zhuhai airshow.

-- Why China’s New Conservative Leaders Will Be Reformists At first glance, China’s new set of leaders look like a conservative lot, but country watchers warn not to go simply by the past credentials of these seven decision-makers as they are likely to push ahead with market-friendly reforms crucial to the future of the world’s second largest economy.

-- China Holiday Inn used as 'black jail'? "I have not come across an American branded hotel being used as a black jail," said Phelim Kine, a senior Asia researcher with the New York-based Human Rights Watch. "That is a first, and it is noteworthy."

Foreign Policy
-- Apocalypse Mao China's Xi Jinping faces a host of challenges: a slowing economy, stagnating political reform. But the country's black skies and red rivers ought to be his top priority.

-- China unveils new faces but old policies as Xi takes over party and military It was only the second orderly transition since the founding of the People's Republic by revolutionaries, who included Xi's father. But the handover has been preceded by months of turbulence and sharp-elbowed political manoeuvring for places on the top political body.

New York Times
-- Excluded From Xi’s Big Moment Off the guest list were The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune (the IHT is the global edition of The Times) and Bloomberg News, to name some of the excluded media organizations. All had been invited to the presentation of the Standing Committee at previous congresses.
-- Wal-Mart Expands Foreign Bribery Investigation Wal-Mart disclosed on Thursday that it has expanded an internal investigation into bribery accusations in Mexico to Brazil, China and India.

Sydney Morning Herald
-- China's fresh start still mired in old traditions Many close analysts say China's once-in-a-decade leadership transition will be at least as consequential as the recent US presidential election, given great uncertainties about its development path.


Chinese media

China Daily
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-- Website gives an insider's view of Party gathering

Global Times
-- Full arsenal on display at Airshow 2012

-- Xinhua Insight: China's new helmsmen 
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-- List of chairman, vice chairmen, members of CPC Central Military Commission 
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