*This is the third installment of Jonathan Brookfield's coverage of the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Read part 1 here. Read part 2 here.
The 18th Party Congress is over, and the results are in. Going forward, the CCP's Poliburo Standing Committee will have seven members: Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, and Zhang Gaoli. Xi is ultimately expected to take on three positions as Party Secretary General, Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), and PRC President. Li is designated to be Premier. Zhang Dejiang will be Chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC). Yu will be Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CCPPC). Liu is in as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat. Wang is in as Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), and Zhang Gaoli will be Executive Vice Premier. In addition, the new 25 member Politburo will consist of 10 incumbents, and 15 new faces. Given how things have unfolded, what lessons may we draw from how things have turned out? And what do the results portend for the future?
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