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Suffer from insomnia? The droning rhythm of a Chinese Communist official reading a work report out loud will likely do the trick.
It certainly does for many party members: Just 10 minutes into any party meeting, look down the serried ranks of the attendees, and you’ll spot the dozers and snoozers, napping away, heads lolling lazily toward their neighbors.
But this could be a thing of the past, since the new Communist leadership has declared war on boring meetings. And no, it’s not a fake news report from The Onion. None other than the state mouthpiece, Xinhua, ran an official statement issued after the first Politburo meeting, calling for short meetings with “no empty and rigmarole talks.”
China’s excitable social media platforms are already abuzz about a meeting last week, when the new corruption-buster Wang Qishan asked attendees not to read aloud from their notes, but – shock, horror – to engage in real discussion.
“It was fresh and new and we had to concentrate,” politics professor Zhou Shuzhen said of the meeting, to The Christian Science Monitor.