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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.

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