Party elite show feet of clay

2 October 2012

The Australian Financial Review has reported on China's upcoming 18th Party Congress, where the Politburo Standing Committee-the country's top decision-making body-will be unveiled.

Professor Kerry Brown, Executive Director of the China Studies Centre, is quoted in the report saying that the new batch of leaders has been "more accommodating to the private sector" in their previous roles and there is an "increasing acceptance of having a market economy". However, he says that apart from their more diverse academic records, members of the new leadership team have strikingly similar backgrounds.