On Nov 8, 2012, at 6:57 AM, <larry.r.trout> wrote:
'' Hu Jintao, the outgoing president, opened the 18th Party Congress.
It was a show of continuity in pointed contrast to the democratic swings of the West, whose political system, Mr Hu vowed, China would "never copy".
Ahead of the Congress, there had been hopes in China that Mr Xi's arrival in office would usher in a different era.
However, those hopes evaporated during a near two-hour address in which Mr Hu, 69, trumpeted the "epic accomplishments" and "superiority" of Chinese socialism and offered no hint of any change of policy.
"I listened with concentration but I did not hear anything new," said Chen Ziming, a liberal commentator who was arrested after the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.'