China: No large-scale amendment to Constitution
12 JanuarySenior leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Friday agreed that the proposal to amend the country's Constitution should only include "changes to part of it, not revision on a large scale." Members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee at a meeting stressed that upholding the Party's leadership and reflecting the will of the people should be the principles for amending the Constitution. They listened to a report about opinions collected from Party members and those outside the CPC on a draft proposal by the CPC Central Committee on the amendment. They held discussions on the document and decided to further revise the draft according to the discussions and to submit the revised draft to the second plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee for review. According to a decision at the meeting, the second plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee will be held from Jan. 18 to 19. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, presided over Friday's meeting.