China starts leadership and Obama's second term. Xi Jinping, China's expected next leader, began a week of wooing America Tuesday as he met with President Barack Obama for the first time, kicking off a visit that could shape the bilateral relationship for a decade to come.
Peoples Republic of China's state-run daily Global China opens party congress to begin power transfer. China's ruling Communist Party opened a congress Thursday to usher in a new group of younger leaders faced with the challenging tasks of righting a flagging economy and meeting public calls for better government. The weeklong congress starts a carefully choreographed but still fraught power transfer in which President Hu Jintao and most of the senior leadership will begin to relinquish office to a new slate of leaders for the coming decade headed by the appointed heir, Vice President Xi Jinping.
November 6 American presidential election, said it did not expect much change, but had harsh words for Western democracy: "Western governments have given up their responsibility to lead society and are now merely shuffling votes and voters around," it said, praising China's current system as "both outstanding and rare.
On the eve of the result, a commentary by the official Xinhua news agency let slip some of the anger at the criticism directed against China by both the Democratic Party caandidate President Obama and Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney, warning the US that "China-bashing" must stop now the campaign is over.
On the popular Sina news portal, well-known US analyst Zhang Guoqing said he was "not optimistic about the future", calling Mr Obama a "brazen trade protectionist" who will try to put more economic and security pressure on China.
The weeklong congress is the start of a carefully choreographed but still fraught power transfer in which President Hu Jintao and most of the senior leadership will begin to relinquish office. Vice President Xi Jinping, the anointed heir for the past five years, came a step closer to power Wednesday, being named the congress’ secretary-general at a preparatory meeting.
Meeting in the Great Hall of the People, the congress seems drawn from another time. It’s a public gathering of 2,268 delegates drawn from the 82 million-member party where the real deal-making is done by a few dozen power-brokers behind the scenes, even as China is ever more connected to the world through trade and the Internet. China begins leadership transfer with public spectacle and backroom deals.