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By Andrew J. Nathan

This provocative publication attracts on mystery fundamental records to bare the interior tale of the increase to strength — and plans for the longer term — of the seven to 9 males who in October 2002 will take over China’s Politburo status Committee, the top strength heart within the state. This "fourth iteration" of leaders — after Mao Zedong and his colleagues, then Deng Xiaoping, and at last Jiang Zemin and Li Peng — is anticipated not just to push China towards a marketplace financial system but additionally to create a lot greater ties with the U.S.. The book’s firsthand debts demonstrate the unconventional reforms this new iteration plans to convey to the notoriously entrenched chinese language political procedure.

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Starting in early 2002, parts of the press controlled by the army and the Party published stories celebrating Jiang’s “unique” leadership abilities and calling attention to the historic importance of his theories on Party rule. Much was said about his having provided a new social basis for Party rule with his theory of the “Three Represents” (sange daibiao)—advanced productive forces, advanced culture, and the broad masses of people, each of which, he held, should be a central concern of national policy.

However, factional considerations also played a role in each case. Wen Jiabao’s position as a PBSC member and future premier was consolidated as early as 2000. A former geologist, Wen was Zhao Ziyang’s right-hand assistant during the Tiananmen protests of 1989; he managed the feat of remaining in office after Zhao’s purge by making a convincing self-criticism and then becoming an expert on economic issues, the new route to prominence in Chinese politics. Wen’s career faced its biggest obstacle in 1993, when his promotion to a vice-premiership was blocked by Premier Li Peng.

The first work to appear under his name was an article in the respected Hong Kong newspaper Xinbao (Hong Kong Economic Journal), in March 2001,20 that criticized Luo Gan, the Party security chief, for 20. ), Xinbao, March 6, 2001, p. 9. 31 C H I N A’ S N E W R U L E R S : T H E S E C R E T F I L E S giving an overly alarmist picture of threats to domestic stability in a secret speech at a national conference of security officials in early 2001. Zong’s article revealed a number of previously unknown actions that Luo Gan had taken in connection with the crackdown that was then underway.

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