Carrie Gracie, China Editor for BBC News, will be discussing the 19th Party Congress, what this means for China and address reporting on China in the ‘Xi era’.
At the 19th Party Congress, President Xi Jinping both broke convention by failing to nominate a successor – therein ending a 25-year tradition, while simultaneously adhering to Party rules by retiring anti-graft chief Wang Qishan from the Politburo Standing Committee. President Xi had his name eponymously added to China’s constitution – becoming the only leader since Mao to his “thought” included, and appointed numerous allies to the Politburo and Politburo Standing Committee.
Xi’s report at the 19th Party Congress went way beyond the next 5, even 10 years; his vision went as far as 2050. To get to 2050, China achievements will happen in two parts - first becoming a top innovative nation by 2035, and then a nation with global influence by 2050. Xi also stated the “principal contradiction” facing China’s socialism has advanced. It used to be “the ever-growing material and cultural needs of the people and backward social production” but now it is between “unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life.”
During his ‘acceptance speech’ at the end of the Congress, Xi ushered in a new era – the ‘Xi era’ – the third era in the history of the People’s Republic of China after the ‘Mao Era’ and ‘Deng Era’.
These developments bring about a number of questions and there are few better placed to address them than Carrie Gracie.
What can we expect from the ‘Xi era’? What will the impact be on reporting in China during this era?
Carrie Gracie ...
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