China’s 19th Communist Party Congress began

Today the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party has begun in Beijing. With just one meeting in five years the encounter of the leaders of the world’s biggest economy is not just import for China but for the whole world. It is the first time that Xi Jinping, the current General Secretary of the Communist Party and President of the People’s Republic of China, is the chairman of the one week long congress. In his over three hour long opening-speech he heralded a new era in the history of China. He proclaimed that China has “[…] taken a driver seat in international cooperation […]” and emphasized that no country alone can face the challenges of mankind and can afford to “retreat into self-isolation”. Further, he addressed to the problems of corruption, that he called the greatest threat to the party’s survival, and the global challenge of climate change.

This year’s congress, as it goes on, is kind of unusual because a huge number of party officials are going to retire and therefor need to be replaced. All new and important information according to the 19th congress will be presented at the CEAMeS homepage during the next week.