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Key Communist Party plenum set for late October

The Communist Party on Tuesday announced the date for a key ­plenum late in October, with ­revamping decades-old codes of conduct for party members expected to be high on the agenda.

The Politburo, the party’s decision-making body, said after a meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping that the annual plenum would be held from October 24 to 27, Xinhua said.

The sixth plenum comes amid reshuffles of provincial leaders ahead of a once-every-five-years party congress late next year, at which Xi is expected to cement his power.

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Xinhua reported in July that the two main themes for this year’s plenum would be revising a resolution on political conduct within the party, which was formulated in the Deng Xiaoping era, and amending a trial regulation on party internal supervision passed by the Central Committee in 2003.

Advice had been solicited on drafts of two documents, and the 25-member Politburo, with Premier Li Keqiang absent on overseas visits, heard the suggestions at yesterday’s meeting.

The drafts will be further amended before being reviewed at the plenum in October, ­according to Xinhua.

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Drafted by liberal-minded former general secretary Hu Yaobang and endorsed in 1980, the original criteria for political conduct within the party stipulate that collective leadership is the overriding principle.

They also encourage internal democracy for the party and prohibit showing loyalty to a single person.

It was decided at yesterday’s meeting that the party needed to enhance its ability in “self-cleansing, self-consummating, self-innovating and self-enhancing” in new situations, and to “resist corruption” and “withstand risks”, according to Xinhua.

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In particular, the plenum would focus on the internal political conduct of leading party institutions and cadres, especially members of the Central Committee, its Politburo and the innermost Politburo Standing Committee, Xinhua said.