By Deanna Seakor in Beijing
BEIJING – The Communist Party of China opens its 20th Congress on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing with 2,296 delegates expected to attend the landmark event where major decisions will be reached, including an amendment to the constitution “to fully embody the latest achievements in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context and to the needs of the times”.
Addressing a major press conference on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at the Hotel Nikkon Century in Beijing to herald the twice-in-a-decade gathering of the century old party, Mr. Sun Yeli, Deputy Director of Publicity, Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said “the congress will be a meeting of great importance to the be held at a critical time as the entire party and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups are embarking on a new journey to build China into a modern socialists country in all respects and to realize the Second Centenary Goal”.
He said the congress will be addressing four cardinal issues during their deliberations among which are to hear and examine the report of the Central Committee; to examine the work report of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection; to deliberate on and adopt the revised constitution of the Communist Party of China; and to elect the 20th Party Central Committee and the 20th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
“The Preparations for the Congress started under the leadership of the Party Central committee after the resolution on convening the 20th National Congress of the CPC was adopted by the 19th party Central Committee at its sixth plenary session in November last year, focusing on four areas including drafting the political report to the 20th National Party Congress, making revisions to the party Constitution, to look at the work of the Central Committee and examine the report of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection”, Mr. Yeli stated.
During the question-and-answer session, Yeli among other things reaffirmed the government’s commitment to its “zero-COVID” policy despite the economic costs, averring that a peaceful resolution policy will be pursued on Taiwan towards reunification of the two sides, and “when there is a possibility of a first-line peaceful settlement, we will make a hundred times efforts and a non-peaceful means will be the last choice to make under unavoidable circumstances”.
He said amid headwinds, China remains an important anchor of stability and driving force of global economic growth.
“The Chinese economy has strong resilience, great potential and robust vitality, and the fundamentals for its long-term positive growth remain unchanged”, he said.
He said fostering the new development paradigm will generate lasting momentum for the long-term development of the Chinese economy as well as the steady recovery of the world economy.
“China will unswervingly advance opening-up to cover more fields in a broader scope and at a greater depth,” the spokesperson said.
206 domestic and foreign media from 80 countries and regions are expected to attend the Congress in Beijing, China.