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Motion of Thanks on CE Policy Address; Implications of the the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China; Police Strip Search of Protesters (26 Oct 2007)


On the day of our broadcast, legislators passed a Motion of Thanks on the Chief Executive's Policy Address for the first time in six years. Throughout the three-day debate on the motion though, many legislators had criticised not only the Policy Address's playing down of democratic reform, but also that it did not, in their views, do enough to address the growing gap between rich and poor. The 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China came to an end this week. In President Hu Jintao's keynote work report, he said that the CPC would continue to lead the people in building a prosperous society. In terms of livelihood issues, Mr Hu said that education, medical security and environmental protection, were all areas that needed to be improved. The Party is also endorsing what it calls a Scientific Development Concept to develop its own constitution and create a "harmonious society". New members were elected to the top echelon of the Central Committee to form the core of the "fifth generation" of Chinese leaders. Four of those elected are relatively new faces, and there's particular interest in Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, both of whom are regarded as potential successors to Mr Hu. On our studio, Jean Pierre-Cabestan of the Baptist University ’ s Department of Government and International Studies examines the implications of this congress. Fifteen protesters were arrested on October 5th for obstructing demolition work on Lee Tung Street, or "Wedding Card Street". Most were students. A group of the protesters, including four women, say that during the 14 hours of overnight detention before they were released on bail they were strip- searched. One male protester says he was even strip-searched twice. One female protester claimed a male officer was present and had made suggestive sexual remarks about her. Were the police abusing their powers?

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 26, 2007
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