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.