Xi Jinping

All eyes in Australia should be firmly fixed on the quinquennial Chinese Communist Party Congress -- its 19th since taking power in 1949 -- that begins in Beijing’s impressive Stalinist Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square.

It will be the last act in the first five-year term of Xi Jinping, who was, at first, seen as something of a plodder who owed his career to his storied father, a revolutionary general and economic reformer who started the southern financial capital of Shenzhen. Five years on, the view on Xi has changed: he has ruthlessly crushed his enemies inside and outside the party in China.