December 1st, 2012
10:52 PM ET

Why China's leadership change was a 'heartbreaker'

We know who Beijing’s new leaders are, but what are their policies? Fareed Zakaria speaks with writer Evan Osnos and Council on Foreign Relations fellow Elizabeth Economy on what the changes mean.

"These were not the people who had demonstrated a capacity and interest in making changes. But these are people who would satisfy the enormous range of factions and vested interests which now are vying for control," says Osnos.

"So if this new president and the new premier wanted to be able to get any traction at all, one theory is that they had to satisfy these many constituencies, give them the chance to have their share of power.

"In five years, there’s going to be a transition, not the president and not the premier, but the other members of the standing committee are going to change.  And that may be an opportunity for some of these younger, some of these more reform-minded, figures to come to the top."

Watch the full interview on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

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  1. 200 TON HAMMER

    Chinese red army wanted too put in fresh leadership who has not been spoiled by greed and who understands what those top 10 four star generals of the red army wants done without getting caught up in all the electronic money flowing into private accounts,and overspending with the american express black cards they have yeah its old news lol

    December 2, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
  2. J Wilms

    in your 12/1 segment on secession you showed a flawed map of Belgium; you left off 2 Flemish provinces (Vlaams Brabant & Limburg) which makes the division more 44-56 than the less than 1 third your map suggests. FYI, based on population, the Flemish area compromised about 60% of the Belgians.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
  3. robert

    in today's program in discussing regional economic disparities within nations i.e. scotland vs england and spain and catalonia as to which group floats the made a remark that "it could be said that states such as ny, nj, connecticut and massachusetts(?) could be said to supplement the southern states such as alabama and mississippi.
    where is that information elucidated in print?

    December 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  4. Fatma

    It so tired, using racist and ignorant terms to describe Africa (i.e. "the heart of darkness). I expect more from GPS in reporting on Africa than simple caricatures. Please, do better reporting on Africa than superficial pieces like the one that was just done on the DRC (12/2). The conflict in that country is far more complex, with so many players and interests, and your report only scratched the surface. Moreover, there is far more going on in Africa than conflicts like those in the DRC, and a lot of it is positive news that, unfortunately, many American news outlets like CNN fail to report on…which is rather sad. But, when we are still using outmoded terms like the "heart of darkness" to characterize Africa, it is not surprising.

    December 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      Yeah and Arabs call blacks YAHOODEE who till this day have never apologized too blacks for slavery

      December 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  5. Marine5484

    Was change in China really a "heartbreaker"? There is no where on the face of the earth that change is more needed than here in Washington D.C.! We need to get rid of these right-wing thugs who work for the M.I.C.(military-industrial-complex) and replce them with true moderates and reform minded liberals. Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be in the cards!

    December 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  6. thumbsihave2

    Ultimately, change in China will come from the people of the rural areas, from the students, from the intellectuals, etc.

    December 3, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
  7. j. von hettlingen

    Many things can happen within five years. Yes, there will be a minor change in the Politburo Standing Committee in 2017. There's hope that the transition could breathe a bit of fresh air into the leadership. Unless winds of change sweep through, China will stick to the path of gradual adjustment to its society and the outside world.

    December 3, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
  8. USN Ret.

    The fear that I have is the future leadership will be one who dose not know the horrors of war and have not felt the pain of war. This is a very real concern in all nations. Good or bad the U.S. knows the pain of war China's future leadership dose not.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Huhhh???

      .............. That's because the US post WWII have been blindly attacking smaller nations, WMDs in Irag, wars in the Middle East because of 9/11, Vietnam war to "counter communism" which just killed a lot of civilians, Korean war etc....
      China isn't as stupid as the US, which the military industrial complex is still too strong.

      All the "pains of wars" that you're stating your straw man argument were the US throwing rocks at it's own feet & only have itself to blame.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • Quigley

        Very well said, Huhhh??? This USN Ret. most probably never got past the 5th grade in school, judging by what he posted above. Then again, why has the U.S. been and still is constantly at war ever since 2001 whereas China remained at peace all these years? There is simply too much money to be made by U.S. Capitalists out of all these obnoxious wars is the answer!

        December 4, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Maersk

      You sound like a typical American kwok zucking kwok zucker who has zucked his uncle's kwok one time too many and swallowed one mouthful too much. You need to look into the mirror to see the kum that is oozing out of your kwok zukcing mouth.

      December 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply

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