19th CPC National Congress Opens in Beijing

China Set to Inspire World With Landmark Congress

(Xinhua News Agency, Oct. 17, 2017. Complete text:) Beijing -China is set to raise the curtain for the national gathering of one of the world’s largest political parties on Wednesday [Oct. 18].

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will "make new strategic arrangements for the country’s reform and development over the next five years and beyond," Tuo Zhen, spokesman for the congress, said at a press conference Tuesday.

"It is an event of key importance as China embarks on a decisive stage of building a moderately prosperous society, and a crucial phase to develop socialism with Chinese characteristics," Tuo said.

A total of 2,280 delegates will attend the twice-a-decade event. About one-third are selected from the country’s grassroots.

In many ways, the gathering will mark a milestone in the history of the CPC and China.

A new leadership - whose five-year term will extend beyond 2020 when the building of a moderately prosperous society is expected to be finished - will be elected, and the CPC Constitution will be amended, Tuo said.

The amendment will include key theories and strategic thoughts presented by a report to be delivered at the congress.

It will "fully represent the latest sinification of Marxism, as well as new governance concepts, thought and strategies proposed by the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at its core since the 18th CPC National Congress, as well as new experience in adhering to and strengthening Party leadership and in strict Party governance," Tuo said.

Discussion of Xi’s new governance concepts, thought and strategies is expected to make headlines throughout the event.

More importantly, delegates will pool wisdom on how to further develop socialism with Chinese characteristics. The phrase has been a familiar notion referred ...

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