Prepared by CBBC's Michael Wang, Stakeholder Relations Director, and Ingrid Ge, Economist.
The CPC National Congress in 100 words
The Communist Party of China (CPC) has about 90 million members, roughly 6.8% of the population of whom 2,300 sit on the National Congress. According to the Constitution of the CPC, the supreme leadership of the Party is this Congress, and the 204-member Central Committee elected by it. From the Central Committee, a 25-member Politburo is selected and at the very top sits the (currently) 7-member Standing Committee of the Politburo.
Throughout its five-year cycle, the National Congress normally meets seven times, called plenums. As this is the start of a new cycle, the issues are dominated by succession and leadership.
Highlights of President Xi’s report and what can be expected for China
What it means for UK business
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