China looks to disqualify Xi doubters ahead of key congress / Bloomberg
The Two Sessions concluded only last week, and China’s state media is already looking ahead to the next big political gathering in Beijing: the Communist Party’s 19th National Congress — see, for example, this China Daily infographic. Unlike the Two Sessions — which leave observers trying to interpret dreary speeches and find other ways of reading the tea leaves, the National Congresses, which take place every five years, are where leadership changes are formally announced. Bloomberg says that this year, delegates to the National Congress will be screened using a “negative list”: Party members who have expressed doubts about Party policies, taken bribes, been involved with illegal construction projects, or hold foreign passports will be barred from attending.
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