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"Sparta" in Chinese sounds nearly the same as the shortened form of "18th National Party Congress" (十八大 or "shi ba da"). During the 18th National Party Congress, nine members of the Politburo Standing Committee will be retiring including Hu Jintao.
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[[File:Sparta.jpg|thumb|350px|left|''“This is the 18th Party Congress!!!”'']] The Chinese transliteration of “Sparta” sounds nearly the same as the abbreviation for the “18th National Party Congress” (十八大 Shíbā dà). During this decennial leadership transition, all current members of the Politburo Standing Committee will retire, including Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao.
  
As the Chinese government has stepped up its censorship efforts across China in anticipation of the power transition, netizens have used the term "Sparta" as a coded reference to the 18th National Party Congress.  
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Netizens have turned to the term “Sparta” as [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/11/ministry-of-truth-18th-party-congress/ the government has stepped up its censorship efforts] in anticipation of the power transition.  
  
Beijing has implemented a number of unprecedented policies in anticipation of the 18th National Party Congress including restricting the sale of kitchen knives and removing handles used to roll down the rear seat windows in taxis.  For more information, see [http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/11/how-to-stay-out-of-trouble-during-chinas-transfer-of-power/264484/ here].
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Beijing has implemented a number of rather Spartan policies in anticipation of the Congress, including [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/10/fruit-knives-taxi-windows-targeted-in-pre-congress-crackdown/ restricting the sale of kitchen knives and having cabbies remove or disable the rear window cranks in their taxis].  
  
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''The Chinese caption reads, "This is the 18th [National Party] Congress"''
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Revision as of 19:23, 6 November 2012

斯巴达 (Sībādá): Sparta

“This is the 18th Party Congress!!!”

The Chinese transliteration of “Sparta” sounds nearly the same as the abbreviation for the “18th National Party Congress” (十八大 Shíbā dà). During this decennial leadership transition, all current members of the Politburo Standing Committee will retire, including Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao.

Netizens have turned to the term “Sparta” as the government has stepped up its censorship efforts in anticipation of the power transition.

Beijing has implemented a number of rather Spartan policies in anticipation of the Congress, including restricting the sale of kitchen knives and having cabbies remove or disable the rear window cranks in their taxis.