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China's party congress

China's Communist Party congress to kick off Oct. 16 at 'crucial moment'

Xi Jinping poised to seek 3rd leadership term after years of preparation

A paramilitary policeman stands guard in front of the Great Hall of the People at the Tiananmen Square, Beijing.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- China's ruling Communist Party will hold its once-every-five-years national congress on Oct. 16 to appoint a new leadership slate at a "crucial moment," state media Xinhua News Agency said on Tuesday.

President Xi Jinping is widely expected to break with party convention to secure a third term as leader.

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