Mon, Nov 19, 2012 - Page 9 News List

Speculation starts on China’s next leaders in 2022

Thoughts have already turned to who among the ‘sixth generation’ might lead the country when Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang retire

By Jonathan Kaiman  /  The Guardian, BEIJING

Yet Hu Jintao has unwaveringly given priority to “morality,’’ party-speak for devotion, above other qualities.

“Fifth- and sixth-generation cadres have yet to display originality of thinking and capability for breakthroughs in governance,” Lam wrote.

Analysts say that it may not be possible to truly gauge sixth generation leaders’ potential to join the standing committee for years.

“The onus is now on Hu Chunhua, Zhou and other sixth-generation ... luminaries to prove to their colleagues — and 1.3 billion Chinese — that they have what it takes to, in patriarch Deng’s memorable words, ‘prop up the sky’ at times of monumental challenges,” Lam wrote.

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