BEIJING — China officially began its once-in-a-decade power transition today, with President Hu Jintao calling for vigilance against government corruption and saying the ruling Communist Party is at a critical juncture in its history.
Hu, who will move out of the country’s top political post in the coming months and is expected to be replaced by Vice Premier Xi Jinping next March, gave a state of the union-like address to more than 2,100 Party delegates at the opening of the 18th National Congress in Beijing. The congress will select a new ruling Politburo and pave the way for Hu to relinquish the reins.
Hu — the Chairman of the Communist Party of China — read an hour and 40 minutes of highlights from his 46-page work report, which addressed everything from pollution to employment issues, and was short on specifics and long on political buzzwords. Notably, he took up the issue of corruption, which has become a hot-button issue for the Party in this delicate transition year.
“We must thus make unremitting efforts to combat corruption, promote integrity and stay vigilant against degeneration,” Hu’s report read. “Leading officials at all levels, especially high-ranking officials, must readily observe the code of conduct on clean governance and report all important facts concerned.”
China’s top leadership has been under intense scrutiny this year, beginning with the arrest and conviction of the wife of former Chongqing Party Bo Xilai for murdering a British business associate. Bo was formally expelled from the Communist Party last weekend, along with former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun, who was accused in a major bribe scandal.
The Party’s reputation has suffered dramatically among the Chinese public over corruption, and it appears the leadership is well aware of the cost of the scandals.
Separate news accounts from Bloomberg and the New York Times have revealed that the families of both incoming president Xi Jinping and outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao have amassed vast personal fortunes as the men rose to power. At local government levels across China, officials have been accused of using their power for personal financial gains.
Said Hu: “We should ensure that strict procedures are followed in the exercise of power, and tighten oversight over the exercise of power by leading officials.”
Though he address the issue at some length, Hu did not name specific cases or legal measures to correct the problems. Theoretically, he did appear to state that the Party’s future legitimacy depends in large part on its ability to earn the trust of the Chinese people.
“The whole Party must bear in mind that only by taking root among the people and delivering benefits to them can the Party remain invincible,” he said.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)