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China's leaders meet to decide on the country's economic future

8 November 2013 Last updated at 08:35 GMT

Expectation is mounting that China's leaders will agree significant economic reforms at their Third Plenum meeting this week.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China meets behind closed doors. The decisions made have the potential to affect not only everyone in China, but also the world beyond.

The BBC's Celia Hatton explains the history of the gathering and what the main themes are expected to be this time.