Monitoring the Fate of the Four Basic Principles

Next week, starting from tomorrow, the Communist Party of China will hold its 17th National Congress (十七大). For those interested in the byzantine and sometimes bizarre conventions and procedures of Chinese party politics, I’d like to recommend an english-language Weblog called “The Insight Track” which already has a couple of highly informative preparatory articles. The blog is provided by the China Media Project of Hongkong University. Its author is CMP scholar Qian Gang (钱钢),a veteran print and TV journalist and documentary director, renowned inter alia for a 2002 CCTV documentary series (and book) about 120 chinese boys being sent to the US for education during the last years of the Qing Dynasty, to become the very pillars of modern China.