Each 5 years, China’s ruling Communist occasion (CCP) holds a key congress, the place China watchers search for clues to the nation’s future. The twentieth occasion congress will happen in Beijing earlier than year-end. The date has not been introduced, however analysts anticipate it to be held in mid-to-late October or early November.
Choice for the delegates of the twentieth Congress started in November final yr. For bold CCP cadres, it is a essential alternative to hitch the elite circle of the occasion’s ruling class.
In current many years, there was a tacit understanding inside the occasion that solely leaders aged 67 or youthful might be promoted to, or stay in prime posts, whereas these 68 or older on the time of the following congress should retire. In China, that is generally referred to as qi shang ba xia (七上八下, or “seven up, eight down”).
Not each senior CCP chief has adopted this rule, nonetheless. However since Xi assumed management of the occasion in 2012, a consensus has been shaped by each Chinese language insiders and international specialists that the 69-year-old chief might proceed to remain on the pinnacle of the Chinese language energy for longer than most of his predecessors.
Xi, the president and the CCP’s normal secretary, is anticipated to be given a renewed mandate, regardless of having been the highest chief for a decade. Because of the 2018 constitutional change that scrapped presidential time period limits, he might, in concept, stay China’s head of the state after the tip of his second time period as president in 2023. Some analysts name it “chief for all times”.