The largest political party in the world with a membership of more than 96 million, the Communist Party of China will host its National Congress on October 16. The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is the most important political event in China’s political calendar as it decides on who will lead the party, and by extension the government, for the next five years.
The congress runs for one week until October 22, during which the selection of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China will be made, revealing China’s new supreme leaders to the world. Everyone is watching whether Xi Jinping seeks a third term as general secretary of the party, breaking a norm established by his two predecessors that general secretaries serve only two terms before stepping down.
The CCP has grown steadily and now comprises around 6.9% of the Chinese population. In an attempt to increase the “quality” of its members, the CCP raised membership requirements. This led to a decrease in the annual number of new members admitted after 2012, a trend now reversed.