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China’s Communist party calls Crucial meeting next week after long delay

Last updated on October 25, 2019

The ruling Communist Party of China’s leaders will gather in Beijing next week to get a vital meeting, that has been postponed for months following a tingling trade war with the US, a slowing economy and the continuing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The Fourth Plenum of the CPC’s 19th Central Committee is going to be held behind closed doors between October 28 and 31.

“The fourth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will be held from October 28 to 31 at Beijing, according to a decision made in a CPC Central Committee Political Bureau meeting on Thursday,” the official news agency, Xinhua declared Thursday.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of this CPC Central Committee, presided over the assembly.

“In Thursday’s meeting, members of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau discussed significant issues regarding the best way to uphold and enhance the method of socialism with Chinese characteristics and modernize China’s system and capacity of governance,” the statement issued following Thursday’s meeting said.

Experts in the Centre for Strategic and Global Studies (CSIS) told AFP that holding the meeting next week could make it a plenum being held following the maximum hiatus since 1977.

Next week’s meeting would be the fourth Central Committee conclave which Xi will be convening since starting his next term in October 2017.

In the previous one held on February 2018, the committee stopped the constitutional provision which resisted China’s head of state from serving more than two successive terms.

The decision to eliminate the supply paved the way for Xi to stay in power forever.