Government training and research organizations such as the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC and the Development Research Center of the State Council are behind major Party and government changes. They are dubbed as government official think tanks, an open yet secretive group.
While attending the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party in China (CPC), China’s first astronaut, Yang Liwei, indicated that a branch of the CPC would be set up in a space station to await China’s permanent presence in space. 
According to the Beijing Population Control Bureau, there are more than one million professional and volunteer security personell guarding the Party’s 17th Congress. The number includes 180,300 guard members, parking attendants, managers of the floating population and of house rentals, guarding cadres of various working units, and property security; 291,000 security and patrol volunteers; and 352,700 public security activists and other volunteers like Sanbao force. In addition, there are 60,000 security personnel in Dongcheng, Xicheng District and 120,000 in Haidian district. (The total number is 1.02 million.) There are also 1,200 secret police and 80 police dogs
China’s preparations for the 2008 Olympics have boosted the country’s human rights development and improved the welfare of the people, says Beijing. The remarks were made as an international campaign is unfolding to seek an end to human rights abuses in China.
According to the Outlook Weekly magazine published by Xinhua, the predominating status of the public ownership system has been strengthened, with the government in tight control over the distribution of economic resources.
"Crown Prince Party" and "The Princelings" are derogatory terms coined by Chinese civilians to satirize the descendants of prominent and influential senior communist leaders who take advantage of their parents’ political power either to seek a political career or to make a big fortune for themselves.
According to a research summary published on Study Times, Chinese scholars are doing academic research on the relationship between the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] and non-governmental organizations [NGOs], a topic that is believed to be the key to understand the role of NGOs.
At the end of the Chinese Communist Party’s 17th Congress, the General Secretary, Politburo and Bureau members were all made public. Out of the 9 Politburo members, 4 faces are new. They are – Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang. One public figure commented, "This was expected to be the natural outcome of Communist rule."
On October 16th, the Study Times, published an article titled "The Functions of the Civil Defense System and Its Role in Social Harmony" by Li Hang, Bureau Chief of the Civil Defense Bureau of Zhejiang Province. Study Times is a newspaper sponsored by the "Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China" and is distributed mainly to all levels of party leaders, as well as to intellectuals.
Cai Yongmei, executive editor of Hong Kong’s Open Magazine, and others, had some observations after the close of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 17th National Congress. Cai expressed the belief that the overwhelming lineage in the makeup of both the new Politburo and the new Central Committee of the CCP shows a strong sense of crisis in the CCP at the highest level. Open Magazine‘s editor-in-chief, Jinzhong, believes the current election policy is really the tenure system in disguise, and has analyzed the new successors as well as the internal struggles between President Hu Jingtao and former President Jiang Zemin on the issue of Zeng Qinghong’s stepping down. Liu Dawen, editor-in-chief of Hong Kong’s Frontline Magazine, criticized what has been touted as the increased democratic elements of the 17th National Congress as just empty talk.