China: Already Reelected, Govenment Continues With Censorship And Harassment Of News Providers

Eurasia Review, 9 November 2012

The next generation of China’s leaders will be named during the 18th congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that opened Thursday in Beijing. They include the party’s general secretary, who will also be China’s president, the prime minister and the chairman of the National People’s Congress.

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In China, Paranoia Around Twitter Hackings

The Wall Street Journal, 9 November 2012

In postmodern novels coincidences leave protagonists to wonder about potential existential conspiracies. In China, which has enough weirdness and intrigue to fill several Pynchon novels, freaky acts of chance on the Internet leave China watchers wondering about the long arm of the government.

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The World Holds Its Breath for China: I hope that Xi Jinping will be a reformer who will move China away from authoritarianism

The Wall Street Journal, 8 November 2012

The 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will herald a transition of executive power from President Hu Jintao to Vice President Xi Jinping. The pending changeover to the fifth generation of Chinese leaders resonates across the nation and presents a once-in-a-decade opportunity for the CCP to genuinely embrace political reform.

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When Will China Have Its First Minority President?

The Atlantic, 8 November 2012

Ethno-cultural diversity has been a mainstay of U.S. politics since the 1960s, with this election cycle featuring perhaps the most diverse slate of candidates. On Tuesday, Barack Obama became the first two-term African-American president, while his challenger Mitt Romney came close to shattering an equally unthinkable barrier by becoming America’s first Mormon head of state.

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The Xinjiang Perspective: Part III

The Diplomat, 8 November 2012

Graham Adams shares his personal observations, experiences, and conversations from around Xinjiang. For Part I and Part II see here and here respectively.

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Beijing Sees Takeover of Hard-liners

Turkish Weekly, 8 November 2012

Conservatives are poised to capture critical seats in the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) as the Communist Party of China launches its long-awaited congress.

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China watchers subjected to Twitter hacking attempts as transfer of political power begins [update]

TNW, 8 November 2012

As China began its once-in-a-decade leadership transfer during its 18th National Congress on Thursday, several prominent journalists, academics and pundits simultaneously reported that their Twitter accounts had been subject to hacking attempts.

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China’s predetermined politics leave public disinterested

CTV News, 7 November 2012

China is undergoing a political transition that happens only once every decade and, when it is complete, one of the world’s most influential countries will be ruled by new generation of leaders.  

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