China's 19th Communist Party Congress.
Preparations are underway for the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which is likely to be scheduled for October or November. Much political groundwork has been laid in support of President Xi Jinping and for progress on his vision for China. The Congress will set a direction towards the 100th anniversary in 2021 of the founding of the Party and the handover of power to a sixth generation of leaders shortly after.
- Beijing will probably be cautious in its foreign policy during the months running up to the Congress.
- Consolidating his position at the Congress should increase Xi's ability to press his economically reformist, politically illiberal agenda.
- Bar any serious reversal, Xi will be in a position to dominate Chinese politics after he retires from formal offices.