China’s Hu Jintao warns party of enemy within

By Stan Grant, CNN
November 9, 2012 — Updated 1046 GMT (1846 HKT)

China’s Hu Jintao issues warning
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Outgoing President Hu Jintao warned against corruption in China
He was speaking at the start of the 18th Communist Party Congress
China has been beset by political scandals, corruption claims and slowing economy
But critics argue Hu himself is to blame for many of China’s problems
Beijing (CNN) — President Hu Jintao has said what so many others have been thinking: the Chinese Communist Party is under threat.
In front of more than 2,000 delegates at the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing, Hu made plain there is a cancer at the heart of the system and it is called corruption.
“Combating corruption and promoting political integrity is a major political issue. If we fail to handle it, it could prove fatal to the party and even cause the collapse of the party and the fall of the state,” he said.

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