18th Party Congress

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.  

Congress Briefs, November 9, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 November, 2012, 4:11am

Taiwan urges focus on Chinese citizens' rights

Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council says it hopes Beijing will pay more attention to the rights and well-being of citizens in the light of commitments expressed yesterday in Communist Party general secretary Hu Jintao's report to the 18th party congress. Taiwan would continue to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait ties under the policy of "no unification, no independence and no use of force". The council reaffirmed Taipei's commitment to the "1992 consensus", which holds that only one China exists, even if each side has a different interpretation of what that means. Lawrence Chung

Heilongjiang chief denies rumour

Heilongjiang party chief Ji Bingxuan told the South China Morning Post that he did not expect to take over the propaganda department as reported. "No, no, those are rumours," Ji, 61, said. "I will follow the instructions of the 18th party congress to complete my missions and to continue the development of Heilongjiang." Ji was deputy director of the party's top censorship organ in 2003. Sichuan party chief Liu Qibao is rumoured as a candidate, too. Keith Zhai

Oil chief 'runs the show' despite eye woes

Wang Wanchun,  deputy general manager of China National Petroleum Corporation, says chairman Jiang Jiemin continues to preside over the firm despite eye problems. "Jiang has chronic eye disease. It's not completely cured, but almost." Jiang, who is a member of the congress' presidium, was not seen publicly for nearly two months. Keith Zhai


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