China’s elite have begun their game of thrones — here are some of the potential winners
While the stifling summer in Beijing took place in August, China’s political elite generally retreat from the sea to deliberate on the hottest issue of all: the future of the Communist Party in power.
The very secret conspiracy is Beidaihe, a resort about 175 miles east of Beijing along the Bohai Sea, and is an annual ritual for former President Mao Zedong.
This year, the stakes are higher than ever. Five of the seven members of the Director of the country’s most powerful body, the Standing Committee of the Politburo, must retire in a massive change of leadership occurs two decades.
For Xi Jinping, it is the opportunity to install Fidelists and increase their legacy. That it is promoted and that can not have a significant impact globally since the second world economy shows the slowest growth rate in a quarter of a century.
“Changing direction is always important in every country … but in China, in relative terms, to the outside world, it’s still quite mysterious,” said Cheng Li, director of John L.
Thornton Chinese Center at the Brookings Institution. “The impact of China’s importance and influence is on the rise – it has already become a world leader … so we must be careful.”
The training will be presented at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which takes place sometime in the fall, but the date has not yet been announced.
Negotiations could be extended until the last moment, but most of the problems that need to be solved this month, according to Minxin Pei, Chinese policy expert and government professor at Claremont McKenna College.
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China may be a one-party system, but like any other power-control policy, several factions are working to inaugurate supporters and hitting rivals. Important considerations include the relationship of the individual with Xi, the clients are able to, the age of the current classification, age, experience and qualifications.
On the other hand, little of this process is governed by the law. For example, it is not necessary that the number of members of the Standing Committee is maintained at the current seven hours, and the informal retirement age of 68 years could be lifted.
“It’s very possible,” said Kerry Brown, a professor of Chinese politics at Kings College in London. “There are no institutional restrictions happening … the party can do whatever it wants.”