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China to Begin March to Party Congress With November Meeting

  • Communist Party sets agenda for Central Committee conclave
  • Opening of year of politicking expected to extend Xi’s term
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China’s ruling party will convene for the first time in more than a year in November, laying the ground for a twice-a-decade party congress in 2022 that could extend Xi Jinping’s term as leader. 

The Communist Party’s Central Committee will take up a broad agenda in the closed-door conclave focused on the party’s achievements, state media including China Central Television said Tuesday. The typically once-a-year event is the most important in China’s political calendar, bringing together about 400 state leaders, ministers, military chiefs, provincial bosses and top academics for the better part of a week.