Interpreters of the Chinese Communist Party's tea leaves will be paying close attention to the issues that will shape China's trajectory for the next five years.
Xi Jinping's expected anointment for an unprecedented third term as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is likely to generate global headlines when the party's five-yearly National Congress begins on 16 October.
But with that outcome so widely forecast, interpreters of the CCP's tea leaves will be paying closer attention to a range of more contested - and sometimes byzantine - issues that will shape China's trajectory for the next five years, and reverberate around the world.
These are five key issues to watch out for during Xi's political report, a dry but authoritative account of the CCP's policy priorities for the next five years, and the subsequent deliberations over personnel appointments.
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