China's Leadership Transition
The Chinese Communist Party's 18th Congress, held in Beijing November 8-14, 2012, marked a key power transition in China. A new generation of leaders, headed by Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, took over from the previous leadership headed by Hu Jintao. The Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee was reduced in number from nine to seven. Unlike his predecessor Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao handed over both the Party General Secretary and Chairman of the Central Military Commission positions to Xi.
A black Ferrari, a playboy’s death and political fallout for Hu Jintao’s top aide
The crash of a black Ferrari on Beijing’s North Fourth Ring Road involved far more than sex, a fast car and a playboy. It also put the political career of Ling Jihua, President Hu Jintao’s top aide for more than two decades, at stake.
In the early hours of March 18 – just three days after the Communist Party sacked Bo Xilai as party chief of Chongqing – a speeding Ferrari smashed into a wall, rebounded and crushed a railing on the opposite side of the road. One naked body and two half-naked bodies were thrown from the wreckage. A half-naked man, in his 20s, died immediately while two young women – one naked and one half-naked – were seriously injured.
The accident would come to affect behind-the-scenes political jockeying in the run-up to this autumn’s 18th party congress – which will produce China’s new generation of leaders.
Read the full story in Monday’s South China Morning Post, which also kicks-start our pre-congress package “China’s leadership transition”.