After 13 years, China is planning to amend its constitution again. China’s state news agency, Xinhua, announced that the 25-member Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — China’s top decision-making body — has decided to discuss a proposal about amending China’s constitution in January 2018.
China’s constitution was last amended in 2004, under then-President Hu Jintao’s administration. According to Xinhua’s latest statement, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also holds the position of general secretary of the CCP Central Committee, presided over the Politburo meeting on December 27. The meeting decided to hold the second plenary session of the 19th CCP Central Committee — which is composed of the party’s 200 most powerful officials — in January, 2018.
“The main agenda [of the second plenary session] will be to discuss proposals about amending the constitution,” Xinhua said, without giving any detail about what the constitutional amendment will involve, exactly.