China-s Communist Party Congress

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The Communist Party, which used to intrude on the intimate daily lives of the Chinese people, now seems remote, especially to young business professionals who-ve lived with 13 years of extraordinary economic growth. Yet, the workers and peasants who formed the backbone of Mao Zedong-s revolution are being left behind. As the Communist Party Congress gets under way, will new leadership make any difference? Can the Party control corruption, restore its legitimacy and stave off social unrest? We get a sense of the mood in Beijing and about President Jiang Zemin-s valedictory speech to the assembly, then focus on the battle between status quo stability and political reform with the head of Human Rights Watch in China, an election reformer from the Carter Center and former Ambassador to China, James Lilley.
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