18 October 2017
China watchers have been counting the days until the beginning of the 19th Party Congress in China. Although there are less surprises than, say, in the German, Austrian or US elections, the days of the congress are a great time for speculating about the meaning of tie colours and why Xi Jinping used, or did not use, some particular word.
So, I was psyched up like a five-year-old on Christmas eve and was getting ready to marinate myself in documents and media reports in the next few days. While the undisputed climax of the show is the (s)election of the Central Committee, the Politburo and the Politburo’s Standing Committee towards the end of the congress, the General Secretary’s work report is also something to greatly look forward to.