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China’s Communist Party kicks off key Congress to endorse record third term for Xi Jinping

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Except for 69-year-old Xi, all top officials will be replaced
  • The reshuffle will follow the next week
  • The 20th CPC is being held amid a rare protest against Xi and his rigid zero-COVID policy

China’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday began its week-long key Congress in Beijing during which President Xi Jinping is widely expected to get endorsed for a record third five-year term, breaking the over three-decade norm for top leaders to step down after a 10-year tenure.

Except for 69-year-old Xi, all top officials including the number two leader in the Chinese leadership hierarchy Premier Li Keqiang will be replaced in the massive reshuffle to follow during the week.

The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), in which 2,296 “elected” delegates under the norms and guidelines set by Xi will attend a closed-door meeting, is being held amid a rare protest against Xi and his rigid zero-COVID policy of widespread restrictions and lockdowns, resulting in the slowdown of the world’s second-largest economy.

The Congress will be held from October 16 to 22, spokesperson for the Congress Sun Yeli told a press conference on Saturday.

Xi is due to present his work report to Congress on Sunday.

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