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 15, 2012
US media snubbed at inner circle's debut
Neither The New York Times nor Bloomberg, which have both reported on the hidden fortune of China's top families, have been invited to this morning's media debut for the new Politburo Standing Committee. Bloomberg reported in June that members of Xi Jinping's extended family were in control of assets totaling US$376 million, citing public documents. A New York Times report last month alleged Wen Jiabao's family had amassed at least US$2.7 billion of assets during his premiership, citing regulatory filings and corporate documents. Although both reports said there was no indication of any wrongdoing by Xi or Wen, their websites have all been blocked by censors.
Hunan forever in my heart, says chief
The party's outgoing discipline chief, He Guoqiang, waved an emotional goodbye to delegates from Hunan before the opening of the party congress, Hunan Daily reported. A native of Hunan, He told the delegates he had paid close attention to its development throughout all these years, despite leaving the province 51 years ago for college. "I feel like I'm back home seeing many familiar faces and hearing the Hunan accent ... Although I'm going to retire soon, my love for Hunan will never retire, and I'll continue to make contribution for Hunan's development," He said.
High praise for Guangdong media
Guangdong party chief Wang Yang greeted journalists from the province reporting on the party congress on Tuesday, Chinanews.com reported. Wang said he was a frequent user of mobile news services provided by Southern Metropolitan Daily and he was impressed by the reporting done by over 200 journalists from 20 news organisations from his province. Reform-minded Wang was often criticised by the journalists from Guangdong, as, under his watch, provincial authorities had placed the outspoken Nanfang Media Group under tight control.