The concentration of power in the Chinese Politburo
3 September 2012
At the turn of its leadership change, China is considering to reduce the number of people in the Politburo Standing Committee from nine to seven.
Professor Kerry Brown, Executive Director of the China Studies Centre, believes a reduction in numbers "would represent a backwards step".
"I think it is retrograde purely for the fact that it would intensify power," Professor Brown told The Weekend Australian.
"If you go for control then you would reduce the size of the group and China at the moment is very Much about control, control, control—it's a very nervy period."
"If you think how major international companies run their boardson11 or 12 people—I think it sends an ominous message. You have seven people in charge of 1.3 billion people."