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A Party Congress Tests China's Progress

MIN READOct 16, 2017 | 09:00 GMT

The extent of Chinese President Xi Jingping's grip on power will become clear during the 19th Communist Party Congress, which starts this week.

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The moment China's leaders have been waiting for is almost here. The weeklong Chinese Communist Party Congress, held every five years, will kick off Oct. 18, marking nearly a century since the Party's founding in 1921. For China's leaders, the upcoming 19th Party Congress will be the year's most significant and politically charged event, an opportunity to reflect on the organization's performance over the last five years and to plan for the next half-decade. The convention will also begin a political transition: Delegates will name officials to the country's most powerful decision-making bodies, the 300-member Central Committee, along with the Politburo and its all-important standing committee. Their picks will go on to lead China toward its political, economic and diplomatic goals for the next five or 10 years....

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