China Announces New Leadership
September 1, 2009
Chinese flag raising at leadership ceremony
The world was caught off guard
today with the sudden announcement from China that a new leader had been
sworn in. The former
President of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was replaced by Senior
Hau Wai in an unannounced ceremony in Beijing.
U.S. Intelligence sources
admitted being surprised by the change and had a number of theories they
were investigating. A coup
d'etat by either democratic proponents or more likely Communist
hardliners is considered one of the more likely possibilities, however
the official word from China is that the former President suffered a
stroke and is in a Beijing hospital.
Little independent information
is known about the new leader except that he is among the first
generation of Chinese leaders with Western Education, having earned
degrees in Canadian and Australian Universities. A Chinese
provided biography stated that his grandfather was a revolutionary and
comrade of Chairman Mao, and his father is the former head of a weapon
manufacturing company. While his efforts are recognized as being
instrumental in the modernization of the PLA - notably the acquisition
of 1980s-era Russian military equipment - he is also regarded as being
the chief architect of the open policy that China has adopted in recent
Civilians in Beijing appeared to
either be stunned by the news or taking it in stride as activity has not
noticeably changed from most other days.
Streets and markets are actually quieter than normal, possibly
due to an increase in Police and Military presence in public gathering
places. Chinese newspapers
gave the story front page coverage, but the announcement was brief and
matter of fact, with no reasons given or any indication of how the
change-over will affect the Country.
The new President has announced to international
media that there will be no major changes to his Country's open policy,
but that "China will not tolerate any violation of her sovereignty
or attempt to do so".
President Jin also claimed he would welcome the
reinstatement of the Kingdom of Bhutan provided that "the treaty
condition that obliged China to take such drastic action is
fulfilled" and that his Government would "welcome constructive
suggestions or mediators". He also condemned the embargo of Chinese
goods by the United States and stated China may retaliate if the U.S.
fails to respond to their request for a solution; adding that the U.S.
people "will suffer more from such embargo, as China is well known
for her self-sufficiency from the 18th Century." Jin
concluded by stressing the importance of peace not only in the
region but also of the world.
Congratulatory messages from
other world leaders have been trickling in throughout the day from
primarily the smaller Eastern Asian Countries. Few Western or democratic
leaders have addressed this development, neither to congratulate nor to
condemn the new government, seeming to take a "wait and see"
attitude before committing themselves.
( Editor, ENN)