China’s Congress Follows the Script, Literally – Peter Ford
I found it fascinating how boring it was.
The organizers of the two-week meeting clearly prefer it like that, and they go out of their way to make sure it stays as predictable as they can make it.
Insiders say that delegates sometimes engage in quite heated debate behind closed doors, when journalists cannot hear them. This year, though, they report, there has been little even of that so far.
Each time the speaker turned a page, 3,000 delegates each turned his or her page, too, creating a lengthy rustle that died away as if a breath of wind had blown a drift of autumn leaves along a street. At least it proved they were awake. [Full Text]