China’s President Hu Jintao Opens Party Meeting on Leadership Change

Chinese President Hu Jintao

Chinese President Hu Jintao has opened a Communist Party congress that begins a once-in-a-decade power transfer with a stark warning on corruption.

Addressing more than 2,000 delegates, Mr Hu said that a failure to tackle the issue could prove fatal to the party.

His speech kicks off a week-long meeting that will see a new set of leaders unveiled.

Mr Hu told delegates at the Great Hall of the People that China must aim higher and work harder and continue to pursue development in a scientific way, promote social harmony and improve the people’s lives.

The months leading up to this congress have seen China’s political leadership rocked by a scandal involving Bo Xilai, the former Chongqing party leader once seen as a candidate for top office.

His wife has been jailed for murdering a British businessman and he is expected to face trial on corruption-related charges.

 

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

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