09/28/2016, 10.54
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Discipline and management to dominate the next Communist Party plenum

The most important political meeting of the CCP will be held October 24 to 27. Premier Li Keqiang did not take part  in decision because "traveling": according to some analysts, gap with President Xi Jinping widening. Reshuffle ready ahead of the XIX Party Congress. The central leader wants to further consolidate his personal power.

 

Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Sixth Plenum of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party will be held October 24 to 27 next. This was announced by Xinhua, the official press agency of the national government. The CCP plenum is top brass of the Party base and is considered one of the most important political events in China. Although held behind closed doors, several power battles have taken place on the sidelines of the meeting. The Sixth Plenum of this year, writes the Xinhua, will focus on two themes: the national law and party management.

Prime minister, Li Keqiang, was absent from the Politburo meeting that decided on the Plenum as he was returning from a trip to the United States, Canada and Cuba. According to some sources, quoted by the international press, this is a sign of the growing distance between the prime minister and the president Xi Jinping. The latter has decided to maintain "economic" charges and commercial planning required by his reforms, while in common practice these come under the prime minister’s portfolio.

The "party management" should be focused on overcoming the traditional mold decided by the second president of China Deng Xiaoping. Alternating, the roles of power and exchange of charges between the various "souls" of the CCP are considered unnecessary by Xi, who intends to break another taboo by remaining in office for five years longer than usually expected for his office.

This year’s Plenum also falls at a time of major shifts at the top of the provinces and major cities, ahead of the XIX Party Congress scheduled for 2017. The most recent case is that of the dismissal of the head of the Tianjin Party , Huang Xingguo, accused of corruption in mid-September and replaced after only a few days by Li Hongzhong, until then "political leader" of the inland province of Hubei.

New appointments include the head of the Communist Party in Xinjiang, the turbulent northwestern autonomous region of China: Chen Quanguo, who took over from Zhang Chunxian, and is now vying to enter the Party Politburo, expanded the committee to 25 members. A promotion is also anticipated for Li Xiaopeng, son of former Prime Minister Li Peng also known as "the butcher of Tiananmen" for his role in the repression of the democratic movement of 1989. His son, governor of Shanxi today, is reportedly set to be appointed as Transport Minister at the next Congress.

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