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China's top leaders set stage for extended Xi rule with 15-year plan

Fifth plenum starts work on first long-term blueprint since Jiang Zemin

The Chinese Communist Party is paving the way for General Secretary Xi Jinping, the country's president, right, to remain in office beyond 2022.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- The Chinese Communist Party's top policy-setting body is expected to discuss long-term plans, the likes of which have not been seen in a quarter-century, at the plenary session that began Monday.

China's official Xinhua News Agency reported the start of the fifth plenum of the 19th Central Committee, which is scheduled to run through Thursday. Officials will discuss not only the country's 14th five-year plan starting next year, which is typical for the fifth plenum after each twice-a-decade party congress, but also -- more unusually -- targets for 2035.

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