A statue of Mao Zedong at Beidaihe, the seaside town where China’s top leaders hold their annual gathering. Photo: Simon SongA statue of Mao Zedong at Beidaihe, the seaside town where China’s top leaders hold their annual gathering. Photo: Simon Song
A statue of Mao Zedong at Beidaihe, the seaside town where China’s top leaders hold their annual gathering. Photo: Simon Song

Has China’s annual Beidaihe leaders’ retreat already happened in secret?

  • Leaders vanished from view after July meeting at which October plenum was announced and President Xi Jinping set out 2035 development strategy
  • Challenges for China may have made it preferable to Xi to minimise formal policy discussion at the retreat rather than face difficult questions, observers say

Topic |   Beidaihe meeting
A statue of Mao Zedong at Beidaihe, the seaside town where China’s top leaders hold their annual gathering. Photo: Simon SongA statue of Mao Zedong at Beidaihe, the seaside town where China’s top leaders hold their annual gathering. Photo: Simon Song
A statue of Mao Zedong at Beidaihe, the seaside town where China’s top leaders hold their annual gathering. Photo: Simon Song
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