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A Half-Time Report on China's 20th Party Congress

MIN READOct 20, 2022 | 19:43 GMT

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party on Oct. 16, 2022, in Beijing, China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party on Oct. 16, 2022, in Beijing, China.

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The work report that Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered at the beginning of China's quinquennial 20th Party Congress suggests the next five years will be characterized by a heavy-fisted approach to domestic cultural, political and ethnic affairs, as well as a siege mentality toward foreign affairs. These work reports are designed to review the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) governing successes over the last five years and lay out high-level policy goals for the next five years. The Party Congress started on Oct. 16 and will end on Oct. 22, when its nearly 2,300 delegates will approve changes to the constitution, bolstering Xi's ideological leadership of the CCP. The delegates will also approve the new composition of the 300-400 person Central Committee, the CCP's top cadres from across the country. On Oct. 23, the first plenum of the newly minted 20th Central Committee will meet, revealing the composition of the CCP's...

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