China launches week-long, twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to build a “modern socialist country” in remarks opening the twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress on Wednesday. Xi indicated there were no plans for reform, and that China would continue to be ruled by the party but open to the world in what he repeatedly described as a “new era.” He emphasized that progress would hinge on fighting such problems as corruption, industrial overcapacity, and pollution. “With decades of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has crossed the threshold into a new era,” he said. The week-long congress will end with the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee that is expected to help Xi consolidate power through the next congress, in 2022.

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