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The Constitution of the Communist Party of China (a different document to the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China) will be amended during the 18th National Congress, scheduled to begin on November 8th.
The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee decided to submit a draft amendment to the CPC Constitution to the 7th Plenum of the 17th CPC Central Committee for further discussion on Nov. 1, before it is tabled with the national congress.
Monday’s meeting, presided over by Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, also discussed a draft report to the 18th CPC National Congress, and decided to table it with the 7th Plenum of the 17th CPC Central Committee for further review.
“[The Party should] emancipate the mind, continue reform and opening up, gather strength, overcome difficulties, forge ahead along the socialist path of Chinese characteristics unswervingly and strive for the full establishment of a moderately prosperous society,” reads the statement.
Whilst any actual content of the amendments is obfuscated by the typically opaque language Xinhua reserves for CPC pronouncements, analysts suggest a move to strengthen one-party rule over the next five years. The amendments may also seek to cement Hu Jintao’s legacy of developing “socialism with Chinese characteristics” and continue the process of reform and opening.
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