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Five things to know about China's ongoing party plenum

Xi expects to steer discussions away from US trade war and Hong Kong turmoil

Chinese President Xi Jinping is thought to be weighing an expansion of the Politburo Standing Committee at the upcoming Communist Party plenum to groom potential successors. (Nikkei montage/ Reuters)

BEIJING -- The Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee, the top policy-setting body of China, is holding its much-delayed fourth plenary in Beijing. Party governance is the official topic, but President Xi Jinping is likely to face questions over the Sino-American trade war and the anti-government protests rocking Hong Kong.

The four-day closed-door meeting runs through Thursday. Here are the five things to know about the secretive session.

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