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Politburo announces Chinese Communist Party plenum will be held in late October

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

The Politburo, the decision-making body of the Communist Party, said, after a meeting on Tuesday, that the annual plenum would be held from October 24 through 27, Xinhua reported.

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The sixth plenum comes amid ongoing reshuffles of senior provincial level leaders ahead of a five-yearly party congress late next year, at which President Xi Jinping is expected to cement his power.

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 that was formulated in the Deng Xiaoping era, and amending a trial regulation on party internal supervision passed by the Central Committee in 2003.

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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, the Politburo and the innermost Politburo Standing Committee, Xinhua reported.

The original criteria for political conduct within the party, established in 1980, stipulated that collective leadership was the overriding principle.

Premier Li Keqiang was absent from yesterday’s Politburo meeting as he is still on a visit to Cuba.