NYTimes: China Watched for Sign of New Leader

In March, China’s president, Hu Jintao, left, chatted with Vice President Xi Jinping in Beijing. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)

China Watched for Sign of New Leader

From The New York Times
Published: September 14, 2009

BEIJING — China’s governing Communist Party will convene its annual policy meeting on Tuesday with a sober, if not soporific, mandate to root out government corruption and make the party adapt to changing times.

But lurking in the background is a more compelling topic: Who will become China’s next ruler in 2012?

Analysts will watch the meeting, the annual plenary session of the party’s 17th Central Committee, to see whether Vice President Xi Jinping is given the additional title of vice chairman of the Central Military Commission.


“There is no foregone conclusion these days,” said a political analyst at a Beijing institution tied to the Communist Party.