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The World's Largest Party: China

November 26th, 2012

Episode 18 of 83 episodes

As the Communist Party of China’s 18th National Congress oversees the biggest leadership transition in decades, join host Sally Warhaft and China watcher and correspondent, John Garnaut, as they examine the world’s largest, and perhaps most complex and intriguing, political system. What does the handover of power to a new president and prime minister mean for the Chinese people? How will the incumbent president, Xi Jinping, combine economic growth and political stability? Will the Chinese Communist Party clamp down on dissent or loosen control? And how does the changing of the guard affect Australia and the world? Download the podcast: mp3 The Fifth Estate is the Wheeler Centre’s series of fortnightly forums: a more measured approach to news and current affairs. Provocative and studied, authoritative and unhurried, this is real analysis that pulls no punches. Hosted by broadcaster, journalist and anthropologist Sally Warhaft, The Fifth Estate is indispensible live journalism. All our events are recorded, with podcasts posted on our website by noon the following day. You can subscribe online, to make sure you never miss out. So far, we’ve ranged from timely political analysis and meaty policy discussions, to magazines and manners with Ita Buttrose. Lindsay Tanner has shared his views on the state of Australian democracy, former foreign ministers Alexander Downer and Gareth Evans have reflected on this influential role, and George Megalogenis and Stephen Mayne have dissected the budget. And at the height of the print media crisis, amidst news of mass sackings at Fairfax and News Limited, we hosted Harold Mitchell, Paul Kelly and Andrew Jaspan to make sense of it all. To stay in touch with upcoming Fifth Estate topics, keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook, and our weekly e-news. The events are free, but bookings are required – get in quick, as we’ve been known to sell out. Image courtesy Bert van Dijk on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons license.