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Delegates attend the fourth plenary meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 14, 2013. China's parliament formally elected heir-in-waiting Xi Jinping as the country's new president on Thursday, succeeding Hu Jintao, putting the final seal of approval on a generational transition of power. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - GM1E93E13AD01

China’s 19th Party Congress

Buy "Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era"The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will kick off its 19th Party Congress in Beijing on October 18, 2017. This seminal event occurs every five years to set the party’s national policy goals and elect its top leadership. Although observers eagerly await the conclusion of the First Plenum of the 19th Central Committee, when the new members of the CCP’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee are unveiled, the weeks leading up to that moment are also rich with important developments. This page, which will be updated throughout the 19th Party Congress, features research and analysis from Brookings experts, who unpack the trends and signals that are most essential to follow.

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