(SOUNDBITE OF FANFARE)
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:
In China, the Politburo has decided it's time for some cutbacks and a reboot. According to Chinese state media, party leaders have decided to dispense with banners, red carpets and grandiose flower displays when they make an appearance. Long, boring speeches are also out, as are glowing reviews in the media.
Officials are responding to a growing disgust by the population of official arrogance and opulence. Said one commentator, quote, "The last generation lived in a small bubble and did not listen to public opinion. I don't know if there will be substantive political change, but at least the new leaders are striking a different tone.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.