China’s ‘Fifth Generation’ Of Leaders Reflects Nation’s Shifts – Mark Magnier

From Los Angeles Times:

China is used to dour Communist Party leaders with sanitized resumes, but the new team unveiled Monday has glamorous wives, exposure to Tiananmen-era student leaders and even a brush with divorce.

That’s not to suggest that China’s monopoly party is going tabloid. The tough crowd that forged modern China behind such mantras as “power stems from the barrel of a gun” remains secretive, heavy-handed and wary of any challenge to its authority.

But the party’s long-standing instinct to airbrush away the personal histories of its leading lights behind the high walls of Zhongnanhai, the ruling compound in Beijing, is becoming more difficult in the Internet-driven world as the so-called fifth generation of leaders ascends to power. [Full Text]

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