Xinhua reports that the long awaited 18th National Congress of the CCP is to start on November 8th, marking the beginning of China’s once-a-decade leadership transition.
The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee decided at a meeting on Friday to submit the proposal to the seventh plenary meeting of the 17th CPC Central Committee, which will be held on Nov. 1.
The Political Bureau meeting, presided over by Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, studied the preparatory work for the November meetings.
[…] A new CPC Central Committee and a new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection will be elected at the congress, according to the meeting.
All preparatory work for the congress is going smoothly at present and preparations should be continued earnestly to ensure a successful congress, according to the meeting.
The news was released, by no mere coincidence, alongside the announcement that Bo Xilai has been expelled from the Party and will now face criminal prosecution.