China’s communists set reform meeting for November

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling communists will meet in November to discuss deepening reforms, the party said Tuesday. No details were given, but the meeting is likely to focus on economic fine tuning.

The announcement followed a meeting of the party’s 25-member Politburo that adopted plans for streamlining local government, and preventing and punishing corruption over the four years until 2017.

A party notice gave no information about the agenda for the 18th Party Central Committee’s Third Plenary Session to be held in November. However, such sessions have in the past been a platform for the announcement of economic programs.

That was most significant in December 1978 when the session cemented Deng Xiaoping’s new direction of reform and opening that set China on the course of economic transformation.

Current party leader Xi Jinping has focused mostly on fighting corruption and government waste since taking over in November.

However, there have been renewed calls for reducing the influence of the state sector over the economy, with the formerly torrid pace of growth slowing to a targeted 7.5 percent this year.

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