China to appoint new leaders on November 8

Inside a Chinese state building
Congress is held every five years. Credit: Reuters

Chinese state media announced today that party congress to select new leaders will be held on November 8.

Congress occurs once every five years, this year leader Hu Jintao will step down after ten years as party boss. He will be replaced by Xi Jinping.

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