China’s president Xi Jinping, with his wife Peng Liyuan: some commentators say he  may not turn up at the Communist Party gathering in the seaside town of Beidaihe. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

The atmosphere surrounding the annual closed-door meeting of China’s Communist Party leadership at Beidaihe seems tentative this year. It’s not clear (...)

Xi Jinping: “China will gradually regulate the income distribution system at state-owned enterprises to make salary levels appropriate, salary structures reasonable, and strictly manage and supervise the system.” Photograph: Jason Lee/Getty Images

The annual Beidaihe seaside gathering is one of the most famous events in the Chinese Communist Party’s calendar, when top cadres get to unwind, swim (...)