The 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress will kick off on October 18 with some 2,287 delegates representing the 89 million Party members.[Special coverage]
China has set two important centenary goals. The first one is to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020, to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC. The second is to achieve a modern socialist country by the middle of the 21st century in honor of the centenary of the People's Republic of China.
The 19th CPC National Congress will be the last Party Congress before the target year of the first goal and experts say it will have a great historical importance.
"It will be a milestone. It will not only wrap up the experience of building the economy, society and the Party in the last five years since the 18th National Congress, but also draw up a blueprint for the next five years, and even longer. It will focus on how to realize a moderately prosperous society, and even how to build a strong modern socialist country," said Wang Manchuan, secretary-general of the China Society of Administrative Reform.
The 19th CPC National Congress will not only focus on the country's development, but also the building of the Party.
People are expecting new adjustments to the Party's constitution.
And just as China's former top leaders formed their own theories of governance, such as Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory, the current General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Xi Jinping, is expected to summarize his own.
"The Central Committee, with Xi Jinping at the core, has created new ideas, thoughts and strategies. With five years of work experience, they will have a clearer thread of thoughts, " said Wang.
"People are expecting new achievements in the Party theory which summarize the past five year's work. They will be put into the Party's constitution to guide the party and the people," said Zhang Xixian, professor with the School of the CPC Central Committee.
Zhang expressed belief that the 19th CPC National Congress will build a more strict system for Party governance, and form a comprehensive discipline-supervision system overseeing Party members.
Experts also expect that improving people's livelihoods will be another highlight of the upcoming Congress. And pragmatic solutions to ease the sky-rocketing housing prices, narrow the gap between the wealthy and the poor, and alleviate poverty will be on the agenda of brainstorming.