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China’s 19th Party Congress

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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held its 19th Party Congress in Beijing from October 18–25, 2017, a twice-per-decade event to set the party’s national policy goals and elect its top leadership. Although observers eagerly awaited the conclusion of the First Plenum of the 19th Central Committee on October 25, when the new members of the CCP’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee were unveiled, the weeks leading up to that moment were also rich with important developments. Likewise, the influence of China’s new leadership team on the direction of the country’s foreign and domestic policy will gradually play out over the coming months and years. This page features research and analysis from Brookings experts, both before and after the 19th Party Congress.

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