Wednesday, October 20, 2010 / Comment / Analysis - China: View from the inside

By Geoff Dyer in Beijing
Published: October 15 2010 22:42 | Last updated: October 15 2010 22:42
Soldier on duty
On guard: a soldier on duty at the Beijing hotel hosting senior officials as they shape the country’s next five-year plan
China’s leaders can be excused for feeling a little embattled at the moment. They are reeling from this month’s award of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo. Their currency policy is under attack from wealthier nations, most recently Japan. And Beijing finds itself under renewed pressure over territorial claims in the South China Sea that have caused unrest among some of its Asian neighbours.
In effect, the country is being challenged on central parts of its foreign policy, economic strategy and domestic political system – all at the same time. This in the week that 300 or so leading Communist party officials gathered for the annual meeting at which they are due to approve the outlines of the next five-year plan and settle some of the questions surrounding the next leadership transition in two years’ time.
The new gorilla on the block is flexing it's muscles and we are all going to have to adapt

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