SCMP: Party Magazine Hails Hu’s ‘Glorious’ 10 YearsPosted: August 18, 2012
SCMP’s Cary Huang reports from Beijing: “The Communist Party’s flagship magazine published a lengthy article hailing China’s past decade under President Hu Jintao as the most progressive era since the revolution – a move aimed at forging his legacy as he prepares to step down, analysts say.
Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao, the fourth generation of the leadership, are expected to hand over power to Vice-President Xi Jinping and Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, the fifth generation, at the upcoming 18th party congress to be held in the coming weeks.
Incumbent and retired leaders have completed their informal summer summit at Beidaihe, the seaside resort near Beijing, to iron out differences on the new leadership line-up and major policies for the coming decade.
‘Over the past 10 years, Chinese society has witnessed a remarkable, striding and historic progress,’ said the article in Qiushi, or Seeking the Truth, said.
Titled ‘Glorious achievements and historic strides’, the article said that since taking office in 2002, the current leadership had overseen the continuation of one of the most remarkable economic transformations in history.
“The Chinese economy has witnessed an average of more than 10 per cent annual growth for 10 consecutive years, having produced a ‘China miracle’ amid steep turbulences in the global economy.”