The Communist Party elite of China kicked off a crucial meeting on Monday in Beijing as the country’s leadership faces pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, a protracted trade war, and a slowing economy.
The Central Committee of the Party’s Fourth Plenum is a closed-door gathering of high-ranking officials that examines the vision of the nation and its future direction.
President Xi Jinping delivered a work statement on behalf of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee on Monday, according to official news agency Xinhua, and “explained a draft document” of Central Committee decisions on “some big issues.”
These included “holding up and improving the Chinese-style socialism system and advancing the modernization of China’s system and governance capacity,” added Xinhua.
The word governance is about “strengthening the Party’s power over all governing bodies,” explained Jude Blanchette, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) specialist on Chinese politics.
The likely outcome of the meetings this week will be that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) will be more firmly entrenched at the center of political and governing power.
Hua Po, a political analyst based in Beijing, told AFP that the Fourth Plenum could also result in a report condemning former leader Deng Xiaoping’s past policies known for its market-oriented economic reforms.
It’s a practice that Chinese leaders, including Mao Zedong, the country’s founder, have implemented in such a way that past policies fit their own principles, he added.
The main conclave will take place in Beijing from Monday to Thursday and will be the first since February 2018.
After plenum meetings, many of the country’s most important policies are revealed, the last concentrating on a reform plan for state institutions, giving the party even more control.
The previous one approved the elimination of presidential term limits, enabling Xi to remain in office for life.
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