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Saturday, 15th December 2012

China's New Leadership

Source: European Parliament 

From Setting the Scene:

The next generation of top Party leaders, those who will determine China's medium-term future, were formally appointed during the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) that took place in Beijing from 8 to 14 November 2012. In a globalised world, where the EU and China are economically increasingly interdependent, the event will have an important impact on the bilateral relations. The State leaders, expected to be the same persons, will be named in March 2013 during the 12th National People's Congress.

High security measures were taken before and during the Party Congress. The popular uprisings in the Middle East in spring 2011 have clearly worried Beijing at a time when preparations for the party Congress were underway: calls on the internet for a "Jasmine revolution" have led the authorities to take a series of preventive measures against political freedom. Although calls to follow Tunisia or Egypt examples have gone largely unanswered in China, partly due to the strict security measures put in place but also due to the absence of organised political opposition, the Party was, and is, determined to crackdown on any perceived threat to its supremacy and to suppress all political challenge1.

The Communist Party of China is certainly not monolithic and different
power groups are jockeying for positions. But there is little chance that a "Chinese Jasmine revolution" will take place as long as the CPC can guarantee sufficient economic growth to deliver the social and financial benefits that form the core of its current legitimacy. This is the real challenge for the CPC as social, economic and environmental problems are pilling (sic) up.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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