By  on August 22, 2017

With the 19th Party Congress scheduled for later this fall, 2017 is a pivotal, and political, year for China. 

The meeting, a closed-door process that takes place once every five years, will see the country transition its leadership at the highest levels. While current president Xi Jinping is expected to stay on for a second term, over 200 members will be reshuffled, and it will likely hold crucial first hints to the long-term direction of the party, said think tank Global Policy Watch. This includes who may eventually be Xi’s successor or whether he plans to stay past 2022, breaking the informal two-term limit to which the party has adhered in recent decades. 

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