The Straits Times
Published on Oct 31, 2012

Power struggles make picking China's next leaders daunting


MORE than 350 top cadres of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will gather for the seventh and last time tomorrow to finalise the leadership succession plan to be adopted at the 18th Party Congress, which opens next Thursday.

The plenum, as the gathering is called, will have a daunting task, given the short time it has.

Over the next few days, it will pick the select few who will sit on the CCP's powerful Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), which essentially rules China.

Besides the PSC, the plenum will also have to finalise the line- up of the Politburo, which is a rung below the PSC, and the Central Secretariat.