October 23, 2007
The media have reported over the last couple of days on the new leadership which emerged at the end of the 17th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, held every five years. The focus of the comments was on the nine-man (still no women) Standing Committee of the Politburo.
There are differences of opinion as to the extent that President Hu Jintao has increased his influence. It will take some time before we will know more clearly the answer to this question and the likely effect on the policies of the new government, which takes office in March 2008.
I now leave for China for two weeks and my next blog will be on Wednesday 7 November.
One final thought. All the old members of the Standing Committee were engineers. We now see the arrival of non-engineers, including a lawyer. Lets’ hope that the Chinese leadership is not eventually taken over by lawyers and professional politicians, as in the West.
+Author : Stanley Crossick