Interesting Times

There is said to be a Chinese curse that goes “may you live in interesting times”.

I think it is fair to say that interesting times lay ahead within the Chinese government. In 2012 and 2013 many of the highest ranking members of the Chinese Communist Party will be forced to retire, including President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, paving the way for a new generation of leaders in China. Many of these rising stars within the Party are little known in the West, so I have started this blog to take a closer look at them and the old guard who will soon be leaving.

The name “Little Emperors” not only refers to the role these men play in being the new leaders of old imperial China, Little Emperors is also the name given to the generation of spoilt, selfish, precocious Chinese children that the infamous One-Child policy has created. This attitude of privilege is often found amongst the “princelings” as well, the children of old Communist party leaders who now, or soon will, fill many of the leadership positions themselves.

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