THE 18TH CONGRESS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA: INCONCLUSIVE RESULTS, URGENT TASKS, SHAKY COMPROMISES
Konstantin Syroezhkin, D.Sc. (Political Science), Professor, Chief Scientific Associate of the Kazakhstan Institute of Strategic Studies under the President of Kazakhstan (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
The struggle at the very top of China’s political establishment reached its peak on the eve of the 18th Communist Party Congress; this largely predetermined the balance of political forces in the upper echelons of the Communist Party and the decisions of its congress. The compromise about the top figures makes the party’s political future very dim indeed. Although the retreating Hu-Wen Tandem managed to hold its ground, it is too early to say that the “reformers” have scored a final victory: in many respects the 18th Congress proved to be “transitional.”
The final balance of power will become clear in five years’ time after the next, 19th CPC Congress. It will probably clarify the course of the “fifth generation” of the country’s leaders. It seems that the next five years can be best described as time of compromises. One has to admit that the criticized Hu-Wen Tandem left the country in fairly good shape; it compiled a reasonable “roadmap” with no alternative on the horizon.
It remains to be seen whether the new party and country leaders will manage in the next five years to avert social upheavals and fulfill the tasks formulated by the 18th Congress while following the roadmap.
Keywords: China, Communist Party of China, 18th Congress, the State Council, Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping.
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