The Political Transition Will Be Tweeted (Updated)

Today reporters poured into the Great Hall of the People to hear the long-awaited announcement of who had been named to the Standing Committee, the elite group of men who run the country. While waiting for the press conference to begin, foreign reporters in the room (and those who hadn’t been invited) kept themselves busy on Twitter. First, speculation began over whether seven or nine members would be named to the Standing Committee:

When finally some news came over the wires:

Followed quickly by:

And so the guessing continued as the scheduled opening time came and went:

And then the official announcement came…via Twitter:

The responses were swift:

And soon Xi Jinping began his first speech after being officially named Chairman of the Communist Party:



And then a quick return to status quo:

(This post was updated at 1:50 pm PST November 15 to include additional tweets.)