Reform challenges to Chinese leaders in 2012
July 10 (East Asia Forum/by Kerry Brown): While this fourth generation leadership of the Chinese Communist Party may well have got the internal issue of succession well sorted, it has done so by pushing aside the larger, and much more contentious and challenging issues of broader political reform that are now staring it in the face.
In the new leadership there are no signs, as yet, that anyone has a particularly strong idea about how, for instance, to deepen the rule of law in the country by allowing genuinely independent courts, or giving a proper legal status to civil society groups.
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Note: The writer is head of the Asia Program at Chatham house, London, where he leads Europe-China Research.