Xi Jinping has been chosen as the next leader of China, elevating
the qualified chemical engineer to a position of extreme power for the
next ten years.
Xi, the son of a veteran of the ruling Communist Party, studied
chemical engineering at Tsinghua University from 1975–79. He moved away
from chemical engineering to win a doctorate in law before climbing the
political ranks as head of the Communist Party in Shanghai from
2007–2010 before taking over as vice-chairman of the central military
His position to the highest political post in China – general
secretary of the Communist Party, was confirmed yesterday as he led his
fellow six members of the new Politburo Standing Committee onto the
stage at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The move signals the
transition of power from one political generation to the next, for a
period of ten years. Xi will formally take over from incumbent leader Hu
Jintao in March next year.
Xi’s speech to the press gave little clue to the specific goals he
plans to achieve, though he made reference to some key challenges
including corruption among party officials, the growing gap between rich
and poor, and protecting the environment.
“Our people have an ardent love for life. They wish to have better
education, more stable jobs, more income, greater social security,
better medical and healthcare, improved housing conditions, and a better
environment,” Xi said, in a transcription published by the South China Morning Post.
China’s environmental movement is gathering pace, following a spate of violent public protests that have led officials to scrap a number of industrial projects,
including the expansion of Sinopec’s paraxylene plant in Ningbo.
Earlier this week, on the fringes of the Communist Party National
Congress, environment minister Zhou Shengxian announced that all future
major industrial projects must conduct a ‘social stability risk assessment’ to gauge the tolerance of local communities.
Personal Note – As for me, I would like to see how the energy and chemical production sector evolve during his reign. This is pretty much interesting since I’m working on and monitoring the progress on olefin production in China. Before visiting China, I really underestimated this huge country. But when I was there, I think China is going to be a very strong industry leader and influencer. I’m impressed with the technology growth and application.
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