Internet in China Silence about Top Leader Reshuffle – Josie Liu

From China in Transition blog:

There is no report or comment on one of the congress’ most important issues, personnel change among the top leaders, particularly the new politburo, on China’s major news websites or BBS, at least so far. On one of the most popular Chinese public forum, tianya.cn, there is even no post about the congress at all. As a matter of fact, Tianya has banned since last month all posts regarding Party and national leaders and other political issues.

The silence suggests the sensitivity of the personnel issue, and the Party’s extreme caution in controlling public discourse of this matter in China. Unlike during the National People’s Congress earlier this year, the week of the Party congress is not so much a time for the public to voice concerns, debate policies and suggest solutions.

One of the few negative, sort of, messages stands out among the overwhelming positive reflections is anti-corruption, something the current leadership has vowed to contain.. [Full Text]

Read also: China Congress Setting Rumor Mill Alight by Christopher Bodeen.

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