Chinese Communist Party Congress opens Sunday, Xi Jinping favorite

A seven-day high mass. The 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CCP), which opens Sunday in Beijing, will last until October 22, announced Sun Yeli, its spokesman. A major five-year event in Chinese political life, the CCP Congress must renew China’s leadership team and grant Xi Jinping a new mandate at the head of the political organization, and therefore of the State.

The day after its closure, therefore on October 23, the new Standing Committee of the Politburo should be revealed, a group of seven or nine personalities at the highest level of power, including the secretary general of the party, currently Xi Jinping. In all, some 2,300 delegates, chosen by the various Party assemblies, will meet behind closed doors after an opening ceremony on Sunday in Beijing, at the People’s Palace.

To cover the event, the press has been required to remain in a health bubble since Friday, as part of strict measures linked to the zero Covid policy. Away in a hotel in western Beijing, the journalists are subjected to a battery of screening tests. “The epidemic is still there, it is a reality that must be faced”, justified the spokesperson for the congress.

The roadmap for the next five years

Xi Jinping, 69, will take stock of the past five years and deliver his roadmap for the next five in a speech broadcast on television. This congress, the 20th since the creation of the CPC in 1921, should lead to a broad recomposition of the Standing Committee of the Politburo, the all-powerful body that holds the reality of power in China.

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In power since 2012, Xi Jinping, who is also chief of the army and president of China, is therefore on the eve of a third five-year term.

According to unwritten traditions, part of the current members of the ruling coven reach the age at which they are supposed to retire.

The first congress, a small assembly of a dozen people, took place in 1921 in a classroom of a school closed during the holidays, in the French concession of Shanghai.

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