November 13th, 2012
02:16 PM ET

"It's the party's business"

That rare once-in-a-decade leadership transition, or the 18th Party Congress, is still taking place in Beijing.

It's a major political moment in the world's most populous country. But what do the people of China make of it?

I posed the question to social commentator and author Lijia Zhang, and her answer is one big collective shrug:

"Many ordinary people don't feel so excited or joyful about what's happening. It's the party's business and has nothing to do with us."

Click on for the full interview.