17th Party Congress

Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series (19)

In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “Beijing Internet Instructions” series to the Censorship Vault. These directives were originally published on Canyu.org (Participate) and date from 2005...

Elite China Think-tank Issues Political Reform Blueprint

Scholars at the Central Party School have issued a “comprehensive political system reform plan” which warns that a failure to liberalize and ease political controls will lead to economic trouble and increased...

Grassroots Democracy According To Hu Jintao – Zhan Chengfu (詹成付)

From China Elections and Governance: … After a preliminary study, I feel that the 17th CPC political report possesses several new and important features in regards to the issue of grassroots democracy. First, grassroots democracy is given more prominent emphasis: The emphasis is given in three areas. First of all, fostering the development of grassroots […]

China’s 17th Party Congress: Maintaining Delicate Balances – David Shambaugh

From Brookings Institution website: … The Congress itself was a meticulously scripted event, with all decisions taken in secret behind closed doors. The public sessions were carefully stage-managed political theater (including the “press conferences”). The much-anticipated changes in the leadership hierarchy were held until the final day, when the new nine-member Politburo Standing Committee was […]

Preparations for the Welcoming of Secretary Li – A Killed Report

After photos of the elaborate ceremony welcoming Pizhou party secretary Li Lianyu home from the 17th Party Congress spread online, local officials, including Li himself, claimed that the outpouring of support was a “spontaneous” act. In the meantime, discussion and comments about this event in the major online forums have been banned. A netizen on […]

China at a Historic Crossroads – Hu Shuli (胡舒立)

From Caijing Magazine: General Secretary Hu Jintao presided as the newly elected members of the Politburo Standing Committee met the press October 22 at the end of the first plenary session of the 17th Communist Party of China...

Amber Light From the Party – Pierre F. Landry

From YaleGlobal: If, as Adam Przeworski defines it, democracy is the “institutionalization of uncertainty,” the 17th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was one of the most democratic in Chinese history. But this was not the sort of uncertainty that Professor Przeworksi had in mind – and it’s not necessarily good news for either the […]

Wait A Minute, What Happened To Political Reform? РQian Gang (钱钢)

From China Media Project: Before the 17th National Congress went into session I said we would have to see whether the phrase “political reform” (ÊîøÊ≤ª‰ΩìÂà∂ÊîπÈù©) appeared in a subhead in Hu Jintao’s political report. This, I said, would determine whether political reform would become a key agenda over the next five years. Based on appearances […]

Who Rules China? – Gady A. Epstein

From The Forbes: The big question everyone in the know was asking going into this week’s 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was who would emerge as the anointed next leader of China. But there remains the other big question, one that too often goes unasked: How much does it matter? This is […]



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