Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Things to Know About the Communist Party of China's 5th Plenary Session
English.news.cn | 2015-10-26 18:32:13 | Editor: huaxia

Photo taken on Sept. 8, 2015 shows an aerial view of Lujiazui Area in east China's Shanghai Municipality. (Xinhua/Cai Yaofang)

The Communist Party of China (CPC) convenes the fifth plenary session of its 18th Central Committee on Monday. The four-day plenum, which runs from October 26-29, will review proposals for a new five-year plan of national economic and social development (2016-2020). Here are four things you need to know about the strategic conference concerning the world's second largest economy.

1. What is a plenary session of CPC Central Committee?

The CPC Central Committee holds a plenary session at least once a year in Beijing to make policies and decisions. Since 2000, the fifth plenary session of each CPC Central Committee is usually convened in October, lasting three to four days.

2. What do Central Committee members do at a plenary session?

Generally speaking, seven plenary sessions will be held during the five-year tenure of Central Committee members.

Each plenary session has a special agenda on focus. For example, the first plenary session is for the Party's personnel arrangement, when Central Committee members elect members of the Political Bureau, members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau, General Secretary of the Central Committee, members of the Central Military Commission, and the leading members of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Decisions concerning major national development and economic issues are usually passed at the third plenary session. The fourth plenary session usually discusses party building issues. The seventh prepares for the next National Congress of the Party.

3. What is the fifth plenary session about?

The fifth usually reviews the national economic development plan. The CPC has drafted five-year plans since 1953 to map out strategies for overall economic and social development, setting growth targets and defining development policies.

4. What to observe about this year's plenary session?

High on the agenda of this year's fifth plenary session is the 13th five-year plan of national development (2016-2020). The five years from 2016 is a critical stage for building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects. The plan will focus on realizing this goal.

The agenda is closely watched as the world's second largest economy makes efforts to sustain stable economic growth in the following years.

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