As far as kick-offs go, Xi Jinping’s speech upon his ascension to the Chinese Communist Party throne was a ripper. If I could have tweeted, that’s what I’d have said.
I watched it on telly in my Beijing living room. With me sat my husband, a Hong Kong-born, Brisbane-raised Australian investment banker, our five month old baby girl and a friend of ours, a smart, driven young twenty-something from Hefei.
On two sofas and a play mat we watched Mr Xi and the remaining six new members of the Standing Committee walk onto the red carpeted stage in front of that vast depiction of the Great Wall.
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You’d be easily forgiven for thinking there were just two political events worth following at the moment; the Gillard Abbott contest here at home, and the billion dollar battle between Obama and Romney abroad.
Arguably though, there’s a third political event that’s received far fewer column inches, yet is just as relevant to us and will remain so, long after the other two have ended.
In early November, just a few days after the US has voted, China will host its 18th Party Congress.
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