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China web users greet Hu speech with derision

Published on Nov 9, 2012 5:19 PM
 
A man smokes while using a computer at an Internet cafe in Taiyuan, Shanxi province in this Dec 30, 2010 file photo. As China prepares for a generational power shift in the next two weeks, a similar shift is happening online that is testing the limits and displaying the evolution of China's legions of state-directed censors. Chinese Internet users have evaded censors to take potshots at President Hu Jintao's assessment of his performance in a farewell speech, saying the country is walking down a dead-end road in "broken shoes". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese Internet users have evaded censors to take potshots at President Hu Jintao's assessment of his performance in a farewell speech, saying the country is walking down a dead-end road in "broken shoes".

Mr Hu launched a week-long Communist Party congress in Beijing on Thursday with a speech that touted his political leadership but also warned in stark terms of worsening problems such as corruption that threaten the party's legitimacy.

However, Mr Hu also insisted that only the party was capable of guiding the world's second-biggest economy.

"We must not take the old path that is closed and rigid, nor must we take the evil road of changing flags and banners," the party's outgoing general-secretary said in the speech.

 
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