Top 10 China News of 2012

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Editor's note:  A roller coaster year of drama, suspense, and intrigue, the top headlines of 2012 sparked some of China's fiercest debates and also marked some of its proudest accomplishments to-date. For most of the Summer and Fall, China was outraged by Japan's so-called "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands. The September dismissal of former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai and the subsequent arrest and conviction of his wife Gu Kailai rocked the country and set off a wave of anticorruption campaigns. China's first successful space dock and the commissioning of its first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, showcased achievements in science and technology. The year culminated in the election of Xi Jinping to serve as the country's next leader. In his acceptance speech, Xi promised not to deviate from the China's reform and opening-up and usher in reforms that would sustain the nation's long-term development.



China's new top Party leaders elected




The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China began on November 8, 2012 in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People.

Due to term and age limits restrictions, seven of the nine members of the powerful Standing Committee of the Political Bureau retired during the Congress, including Hu Jintao, who was replaced by Xi Jinping as the general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

The Congress elected the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and saw the number of Standing Committee of the Political Bureau seats reduced from nine to seven.

The other six newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau were Comrade Li Keqiang, Comrade Zhang Dejiang, Comrade Yu Zhengsheng, Comrade Liu Yunshan, Comrade Wang Qishan, and Comrade Zhang Gaoli. [Full story]


 • Full text: Xi Jinping's remarks to the press
 • Full text: Report of Hu Jintao to the 18th CPC National Congress
 • Full text: Constitution of Communist Party of China
 • Who's Who: 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

 • Full coverage: 18th CPC National Congress




























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