So yeah, the 18th Party Congress wrapped up today in Beijing with the announcement of the Central Committee. For a list of the 205 names, follow the link (if you are really interested in that list, I suspect you already have the link).
Thus far, the chatter in the Twittersphere has mostly focused on the lack of females (only ten) and minorities (also ten). I think even the incoming U.S. House of Representatives has three ethnic Chinese women, which makes the gender gap here look even worse. Perhaps some day the U.S. Congress will have more Chinese women in it than the Central Committee; boy, that would be embarrassing huh?
What happens next? Selection of the members of the Politburo and then the Politburo Standing Committee. I’m still not sure whether we know for certain how many members we’ll have on the PBSC, but I’ve been in the classroom much of the day and need to catch up on my rumor mongering.
We’ll know more tomorrow, and then expect a deluge of analysis pieces from journalists and experts on what the PBSC choices mean in terms of the economy, foreign policy, political reform, etc. All of that will be speculation too, but at least we’ll have real names to talk about.