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In China, a Party Congress for the Ages

Jul 19, 2017 | 20:28 GMT
The leadership transition comes at a unique moment in China's modern history, when the country itself is undergoing a radical transformation.

The leadership transition comes at a unique moment in China's modern history, when the country itself is undergoing a radical transformation.

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In a few months, China's leaders will meet in Beijing for one of the biggest and most politically charged events of the year: The 19th Party Congress. At the summit, which takes place every five years, the Chinese Communist Party will assess its performance since the previous conference and set goals for the country's political, economic and diplomatic future. But perhaps most important, the party will select nearly 200 senior figures -- including some members of the small but all-important Standing Committee -- who will be responsible for guiding the country over the next decade....

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