China Communist Party to add 'major strategic thinking' to party constitution

China's ruling Communist Party has decided to revise its constitution to include what it calls "major strategic thinking" at its upcoming National Congress in October.

The state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the decision came at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the party's Central Committee on Friday.

Xinhua says the top decision-making Politburo decided to write "major strategic thinking" into the party constitution.

In 2017, the congress adopted a revised party constitution, adding what it calls its most important guiding principles, titled "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era."

Hong Kong media say Xi's doctrine could be given a shorter name such as "Xi Jinping Thought" in the latest revision.

So far, "Mao Zedong Thought" is the only one in the constitution named after its author.

Xi's position will be further elevated to that of Mao if his thought is added.

The question is whether the 69-year-old Xi will be granted an unusual third term as party leader at the upcoming congress despite a tradition of retiring from the leadership at the age of 68.