Keep abreast of development from the Chinese state media perspective at Xinhua and China Daily. The 中共十八大, literally the eighteenth ‘big’ sees 7/9 members of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee ‘giving way’ to the next generation of leadership due to fixed term and age limit restrictions.
It is a complex reconfiguration of power, as collective leadership means responsibility is shared, sometimes influenced by powerful factions – Jiang Zemin’s continued presence is a case in point.
In any case, what is clear is that paramount leader today has to, largely place party consensus at the first as it does not offer as much ‘band-width’ or clout as the Mao and Deng days.
This time round, there are 2270 delegates selected from 40 constituencies, a 57 delegate increase plus two new constituencies from the 17th.