BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China watched for leadership sign

China's Communist Party has opened a key annual meeting which might indicate leadership succession plans.

The four-day session is widely expected to promote Vice President Xi Jinping to the powerful military commission.

This would make him a clear front-runner to succeed Hu Jintao as party leader in 2012, and president in 2013.

Analysts say the party will also use the meeting to promote unity ahead of next month's celebrations to mark the 60-year anniversary of Communist rule.

A regulation requiring party cadres to reveal their family wealth and assets is reportedly up for discussion.
Hu Jintao has been very good at building China's economy, what do you think about Xi Jinping? He has a record of being very liberal and progressive in policy, as well as tough on corruption. Thoughts?