The Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Party Congress, a hugely important political meeting usually held once every five years, will begin on October 18 in Beijing. Like many events involving China’s ruling party, the most important decisions and conversations will happen behind closed doors. Most attention will focus on the political horse race for top positions in the leadership. But apart from that, what else is worth watching? What signs could emerge that would demonstrate China is moving in a positive direction? And how should the connection between leadership choices and policy direction best be understood?

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