18th Party Congress Preparation ‘Well Underway,’ China Says

Preparations for the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th Party Congress are well underway and the date for the gathering will be announced “in due course,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in Beijing today.

Asked repeatedly about Vice President Xi Jinping’s health, Hong said he had “answered the question many times” and gave no details about his condition.

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