10 Oct '17, 6am

[Mothership] A secretive meeting will chart China’s future in next 5 years https://t.co/ioTrQw0LAT

What’s the big deal: Leadership transitions in the Party have historically been difficult, with only the past two – in 2002 and 2012 – resembling an institutionalised process. But it is still very much a system based on precedents and not rules. The shock downfall of Politburo member Sun Zhengcai, once seen as a potential future premier, in July and his subsequent expulsion from the party was the strongest signal yet that Xi is unwilling to accept the decisions of his predecessors, and seeking to control succession. The upcoming Congress is Xi’s chance to overhaul the top leadership and begin his second term with a team stacked with trusted allies and followers. If there’s an indication of a successor in the PSC after the Congress, it would be a sign that Xi plans to follow precedent and step down in 2022. If not, it will be the clearest sign yet that Xi is eyeing a third ...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/10/a-secretive-meeting-will-ch...

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