Leaders prepare for a new path

Top News | Staff Reporters 19 Oct 2021

Staff reporters

Chinese leaders will hold a major meeting in Beijing from November 8 to 11, which is seen as the last conference before next year's national congress, when a major leadership reshuffle is expected.

The sixth plenary session of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Central Committee will involve hundreds of the nation's top leaders to review the party's 100 years of history and brainstorm development plans for the future.

The agenda was decided at a meeting of the party's central committee political bureau yesterday, which was chaired by Xi Jinping, president and party general secretary.

State media China Global Television Network reported the meeting yesterday and said in the party's long-term struggle comrades such as Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao had made tremendous achievements in revolutions, construction and reforms.

"Since the 18th party national congress, the central committee, with Xi as the core, has united and led the whole party and the people of all ethnic groups to fulfill major achievements and accumulate new valuable experience, demonstrating the powerful vitality of socialism with Chinese characteristics," the report said.

The meeting said the party should stay alert in times of peace, promote party building in the new era, adhere to strict party governance, practice people-centered development ideology, safeguard the fundamental interests of the people, and unite and lead the Chinese people in working ceaselessly for a better life.

In the last plenary session of the 18th Central Committee in 2016, the party announced Xi as the core leader.

The plenary session next month will be the final one of the 19th Central Committee, before the next national congress in autumn next year, when a major state leadership reshuffle is expected.

By then, Xi will have completed two tenures as the nation's top leader and almost half of the 25 members of the politburo will have reached or exceeded the age of 68 - the informal retirement age.

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