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
18 Aug 2020 - 10:17PM