The most important event of China’s political calendar is finally here. The 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, held every five years, begins today (Oct. 18) at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. The week-long session will mostly focus on the reshuffling of the party’s senior leadership.
China’s president and party chief, Xi Jinping, is expected to extend his hold on power for five more years, if not longer. Already China’s most authoritative leader in decades, Xi will likely emerge from the party conclave an even more powerful leader of the world’s second-largest economy.
Here’s what the “resume” of a seemingly omnipotent Xi involves: a steady ascent through the ranks of the Chinese Communist Party, ruthless crackdowns on human rights and civil society, and at least a few signature projects bearing his own name.
Source: News agencies