But the president is not expected to have the temerity to upstage Jiang Zemin There is growing anticipation that President Hu Jintao will reveal more clues about his political agenda during a speech tomorrow. Mr Hu will take centre-stage for the 82nd anniversary of the party's founding. Official media has sounded a steady drum roll that an 'important' speech will be made tomorrow. The People's Daily, the party newspaper, has already invited readers to discuss the contents of the speech afterwards on the internet. In the weeks leading up to this important speech, a new campaign has been launched to study the Theory of the Three Representatives - that the Communist Party represents the advanced productive force, the advanced culture, and the interests of the broad masses - which Mr Hu's predecessor, Jiang Zemin, had formulated. Against this background, political observers believe that the speech will fall in line with the new orthodoxy with some further embellishments. Mr Hu will follow the model of none other than Mr Jiang when delivering this important speech. Back in 1991, Mr Jiang, marking the party's 70th anniversary, underscored the importance of adhering to the ideology of Deng Xiaoping in pushing ahead with reform. At that time Mr Jiang, who had been in his position for only two years, was living in the shadow of Deng. It was not until the 80th anniversary that Mr Jiang made his mark with the Three Representatives theory. The theory was first unveiled by Mr Jiang in the spring of 2001 and enshrined last year in the party charter at the 16th Communist Party Congress. The current campaign to study his thoughts was launched while the country was combating Sars. Cadres and delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference have been told to bring the study campaign to a new peak. Although Mr Hu is fast emerging as a leader in charge, he will not have the temerity to upstage Mr Jiang in the realm of theory and thoughts. Representing the new generation of leaders, he must show his obeisance to the elders. 'Hu will bow to Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin to show continuity of leadership,' said one observer. 'He will speak about the need for reform, but not how to reform.' Mr Hu is likely to reiterate a few ideas that he has publicly endorsed, such as the rule of law, transparency and putting people first, all of which can be seen as complementing the Three Representatives theory. It is possible that Mr Hu will mention the goal of 'intra-party democracy', but he would not give details. An article in the party publication outlined proposals for change in several areas such as balloting to choose from more than one candidate to fill certain positions. Seen as a trial balloon, the article generated wide interest, but the author denied that it was meant to push for party reforms at this juncture. The renewed effort to study Mr Jiang's theory reflects the fact that there is still considerable division within the party over Mr Jiang's three-year-old brainchild. There has been sharp criticism from both the liberal wing of the party, exemplified by Bao Tong - a former secretary of disgraced party chief Zhao Ziyang - and from dyed-in-the-wool leftists like Deng Liqun. Mr Hu is unlikely to introduce anything controversial to deepen the division. Chen Shu, who is a professor of the party's history at the Central Party School, said that using the anniversary of the party's founding day to send an important message was a recent practice. Deng Xiaoping did not use the anniversary to give important speeches. In 1949, Mao Zedong on the 28th anniversary, laid out a sweeping blueprint for building the new people's republic. Then on the 30th anniversary, an outlook for the road ahead for the Communist Party, with a glance at the road already travelled, was delivered in a commentary in the People's Daily under the name of conservative Hu Qiaomu.