The Globe and Mail

Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

Chinese security personnel guard the entrance to the Jingxi hotel where the Communist Party's 205-member Central Committee gathered over the weekend for its third annual plenum in Beijing Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
Chinese security personnel guard the entrance to the Jingxi hotel where the Communist Party's 205-member Central Committee gathered over the weekend for its third annual plenum in Beijing Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
(Ng Han Guan/AP)

Three burning issues for post-plenum China-watchers

For those seeking bold, dramatic changes, China’s third plenum – a four-day meeting of the Communist Party’s 205-member central committee – ended with abundant disappointment. State media announced Tuesday that China will adopt a “decisive” market role in the economy. However, President Xi Jinping failed to provide details of how it will take on its three most urgent challenges: Liberalizing the economy; combating stalling growth; or reducing the staggering inequality between urban and rural citizens.