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China has begun a week and a half of political pageantry that will complete the handover of...

China has begun a week and a half of political pageantry that will complete the handover of power to new leadership, with Xi Jinping set to replace Hu Jintao as President and Li Keqiang to take over from Wen Jiabao as Premier. Observers will be watching the extent of any bureaucratic reorganization as an indicator of Beijing's appetite for reforms. The hugely powerful railways ministry, for example, could broken up and folded into the transport department.
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  • Tony Petroski
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    "China has begun a week and a half of political pageantry that will complete the handover of power to new leadership, with Xi Jinping set to replace Hu Jintao as President and Li Keqiang to take over from Wen Jiabao as Premier.

     

    Crikes.

     

    This is how Nobel laureate Krugman thinks we should do things?

     

    (How would it go for us? "Noble laureate Chelsea Clinton is set to replace Nobel laureate Michelle Obama as President and...")

     

    Whew. We dodged that bullet.

     

    Still, as Nobel laureate Krugman points out, the Chinese know how to run the bullet trains on time...

     

    ..."The hugely powerful railways ministry, for example, could broken up and folded into the transport department."

     

    (I guess the bullet trains don't speak English today)
    3 Mar 2013, 07:36 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "the Chinese know how to run the bullet trains on time..."

     

    When I took the high speed rail a year and a half ago, when looking at the speed, the train could have run faster, as I was in a rush to get back to Beijing.

     

    I suppose the conductor didn't want to get into trouble if anything happened.

     

    Nevertheless, the train got back to the S Beijing Station right on time and I caught one of the last subway back.
    4 Mar 2013, 09:02 PM Reply Like
  • Teutonic Knight
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    Long live His Imperial Majesty Emperor Xi, PhD, and His Imperial Excellency Chancellor Li, PhD.

     

    Coming on strong; very strong.
    3 Mar 2013, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • The_Batman
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    What does Paul Krugman have to do with this? What does Chelsea Clinton, Michelle Obama, bullet trains, the Pope Mobile, Arkansas, and Tinker Bell have to do with the article? Tony?
    3 Mar 2013, 11:33 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    Mr. The_Batman.

     

    (sorry, can't resist: sending your name to homeland security, "likely theater shooter")

     

    (back)

     

    I'm a communist hater. There are few of us left.

     

    So when I get a shot at those guys, I drag in the communist likers.

     

    Get it?
    3 Mar 2013, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    It's worse than that Mr. The_Batman. The Chinese know how to build and run a bullet train and we, after squandering 4 trillion. don't have a single "Joe Biden Line."

     

    Can you forgive me for being bitter?
    3 Mar 2013, 12:51 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "I'm a communist hater. There are few of us left. "

     

    Who do you hate?

     

    North Koreans and Cubans. The government in China is the CCP dynasty.
    4 Mar 2013, 07:06 AM Reply Like
  • Roger S D
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    Hi, I am a virgin to this group, but am a China watcher and have been for over 30 years. Lecture on Chinese economics, politics, foreign relations and military. Do not expect Party Chair Xi Jingping yo do anything drastic for sometime. I believe that Xi will make some changes in the system, but he needs time to consolidate hi power. The main thing I am watching carefully now is the anti-corruption efforts. The Party must cleanup corruption, but can't go too far, or it could destroy the Party. Xi has a delicate balance to attack corruption as the people expect him to do so, but he cannot go too far.
    4 Mar 2013, 06:51 AM Reply Like
  • MIKE73
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    Will the new China advocate horizontal integration of their Solar industry by providing REITs programs for world wide solar farms?
    This could open up clean energy to the world!
    4 Mar 2013, 07:45 AM Reply Like
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