Nov 7, 2012

Lock up your ping-pong balls, Beijing to pick a new leader

Preparations are underway for China's upcoming National Congress. Freelance journalist Kway Teow reports from Beijing on the tight security and media silence surrounding the leadership changeover.

The Beijing air is decidedly frosty this week, but the chill has more to do with the year’s first snowfall than any leftover hostilities from the interminable, inelegant territorial squabble with Japan over islands in the East China Sea.

On Sunday morning, shivering fingers throughout the capital reached for brooms and shovels to carve a path through the snow, a flurry of activity that almost — but not quite — masked the ramping up of preparations for the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which starts on November 8.

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2 thoughts on “Lock up your ping-pong balls, Beijing to pick a new leader

  1. Ruprecht

    “Lock up your ping-pong balls” — whaaat?!

    Crikey: Me no rikey

  2. Daly

    I strongly agree with your Crikey lead this afternoon and Annabel Crabb’s article that the balance of Australian news should be more on China and it’s leadership for the coming 5 (10) years rather than on the US Presidental race.
    Even this single article (by a Mandarin speaker?) is hardly enough to balance the wall to wall US coverage.
    But, of course, Australian journalists/media find it easier to cut and paste from US and English sources than to employ or become Chinese speakers and then write about the most influential country for our future.

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