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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is meeting at its 20th Congress in Beijing. On the first day, October 16, Chinese President and Party General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered the opening address, which covers in detail the political, ideological, social, economic and technological dimensions of China’s progress during the past decade and sets the agenda for the road ahead. A detailed analysis of the Congress must await its conclusion after its week-long deliberations, but broad trends are already clear.
Mr Xi intends to give a greater ideological orientation to policy making, stressing the need for inculcating Marxist-Leninist and socialist thinking among party cadres and the country generally, so that the party does not lose its socialist character. Mr Xi argues that only