New Chinese leader Xi talks tough on corruption
He takes over from Li Yuanchao, a Hu ally who last week failed to gain a seat on the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee.
In his remarks to the Politburo, Mr. Xi dwelled on the importance of the party’s theoretical foundations in Marxism, Leninism and the ideas espoused by his predecessors, but his remarks on corruption stood out for being relatively free of political jargon.
Mr. Xi also emphasized the need to narrow the gap between the party and the people in what seemed like an implicit critique of his predecessors, said Willy Lam, a political analyst at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
“Now what he’s saying is that from Day One is that we shall stick to the people. We will do what the people want,” Mr. Lam said.