The Power Shift

Xinhua live-tweets closing session of 18th party congress

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 12:10pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 June, 2015, 4:12pm

Delegates to China’s Communist Party congress offered the first clues to a generational leadership succession on Wednesday after a preliminary vote tapped Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang as anointed successors for President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

In a brief dispatch, Xinhua news agency said Vice-President Xi and Vice-Premier Li had both been elected to the party’s Central Committee at the end of a key congress, though that result was never really in any doubt.

The 2,270 carefully vetted delegates cast their votes behind closed doors in Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People for the new Central Committee, a ruling council with around 200 full members and 170 or so alternate members with no voting rights.

In a rare move, the state news agency live-blogged the closing session on its website and sent out English- and Chinese-language updates on Twitter and its Sina Weibo accounts. 


Xinhua had also tweeted the opening ceremony last week. Despite all the updates on Twitter, there was no mention that the service is blocked on the Chinese mainland - a point brought up by one journalist:

The People's Daily website also seems to be live-blogging the announcements [in Chinese].

Here's a look at what others on Twitter are saying about the party congress: