March 6, 2014

China's Leadership Entrenches

Charles Burton, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press

It may have been Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the podium Wednesday, delivering his government’s work report to the National People’s Congress of China. But the words were clearly dictated by President Xi Jinping, and they will not sound sweet to the West. The report, like the U.S. presidential State of the Union address, is a significant indicator of the Chinese leadership’s priorities and intentions. For the domestic audience, it included promises to “declare war against pollution” and steps to mitigate China’s yawning economic and social inequities, while giving children of migrant workers better access to public education. Measures will also be taken to improve food and drug safety, especially baby formula.

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