New China Leadership

China 18th National People's Congress

More than 2,000 delegates to China's 18th Party Congress are meeting in Beijing this week to approve changes to the party's constitution and pick the next central committee, a group of about 200 people from whose ranks comes the Politburo, now with 24 people, and its standing committee, now with nine men. The standing committee wields supreme power in China. Vice President Xi Jinping is forecast to replace Hu Jintao as general secretary of the 82 million-member Communist Party.

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