A TURNING POINT
This is what it smells and looks like in the country that’s widely regarded as the biggest economic miracle of the globalised world.
No political event or corruption scandal of the recent past has generated as much public attention as this winter’s environmental crisis. Chinese bloggers are on a rampage, and even the most loyal government newspapers are examining every aspect of the crisis and attacking those responsible for conditions in China with unprecedented ferocity. The fury over toxic air, food and drinking water marks a political turning point.
On 5 March, China’s National People’s Congress convened in Beijing. It is intended as a coronation ceremony of sorts for the new president and his premier ‒ Xi Jinping, 59, named head of the Communist Party in November, and economist Li Keqiang, 57.
The burden of their projects is overwhelming. The new leadership wants to transform China from a primarily agrarian and industrial country into a high-tech and service nation. At the same time, it intends to boost aff luence and promote urbanisation in order to come to grips with the country’s wealth disparity and population