Hu steps down, stamps legacy on party

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China's President for a decade Hu Jintao on Wednesday stepped down from power, leaving a stamp of his own with the ruling Communist Party incorporating his theory of "Scientific Outlook" in its constitution, figuring along theories of top leaders like Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

An amendment to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was approved on the last day of the leadership change Congress making the Scientific Outlook on Development as part of the party's guide for action.

Unanimously agreed on by 2270 delegates to the congress, the amendment juxtaposes the Scientific Outlook on Development along with Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of Three Represents credited to Hu's predecessor Jiang Zemin.

Hailing the Outlook as "the crystallisation of the collective wisdom of the CPC and a long-term guiding ideology the Party must adhere to", the resolution said it represents the Party's latest achievement in adapting Marxism to China's conditions.

Hu, 69, a strong follower of Deng's reform policies, discarding Mao's hard-line Marxist policies opened up China's economy in the last ten years even while keeping a strong lid on the political reforms, and consolidated his hold on the party. Hu's decade-long reign ended on Wednesday as new set of leaders were elected by the Congress. The new leaders including Hu's successor, Xi Jinping would be formally unveiled on Thursday.

Besides emerging as the second largest economy, China's annual per capita income during Hu's era has increased from $931 to $3461. His regime is also marked by heavy deterioration of China's environment as the country sped on feverish growth emerging as the world's largest carbon emitter surpassing the US.

Also China for the first time witnessed ballooning wealth gap between rich and poor, prompting the party to make it as a priority issue to be resolved by the new leadership.

In his opening address of the Congress on November 8, Hu warned that China would collapse of corruption in the party is not curtailed.

Woman 'princeling' may break into all-male club of party

A Chinese woman "princeling" Liu Yandong appears to have a fair chance to get elected to the top echelons of the ruling Communist Party, which hitherto remained an exclusive domain of male leaders, after she was on Wednesday elected to the Party's top policy body.

Liu 67, a well connected princeling and outgoing Politburo member in charge of health, education, science and sports and previously part of a policy body in-charge of Tibet could get selected for all powerful nine-member Standing Committee which would be unveiled on Thursday.

State-run Xinhua news agency flashed her name prominently, sparking expectations that she could be first woman leader to make it to China's highest policy making body.

Liu is the only woman in China's 25-member strong politburo. Many party watchers say that she has a good chance to get into the exclusive leadership club to create history.

China unveils stealth bomber at airshow

EYEING the international market, China on Wednesday for the first time displayed its new radar-evading stealth fighter jet at the country's annual air show, where it also unveiled an unmanned drone for public view.

The J-31 stealth fighter "eyes international market", a report in the state-run Global Times said.

For many spectators at the air show in Zhuhai, the most eye-catching exhibit was the large-scale model of China's second stealth fighter dubbed as the J-31, which made its maiden flight on October 31, Global Times said.

This is the first time China has unveiled its stealth aircraft for public. Earlier only photos and videos were circulated.

China also unveiled its unmanned plane Wing Loong, designed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) at the air show.

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