The Chinese Communist Party about to announce its new leader for the first time in 10 years. It is widely expected that Vice President Xi Jinping - who visited the U.S. in February - will take over as the new President.
But much of this highly anticipated announcement has been shrouded in secrecy.
We asked Stan Grant in Beijing what we know about Xi, and his views towards the U.S.?
After months of mystery, China set to unveil new top leaders
The small group of people who will set the agenda for China for the next decade is expected to be unveiled to the world on Thursday after months of secretive bargaining and abundant speculation.
A far cry from the relentless media campaigns and frequent public appearances of U.S. presidential candidates, the efforts to determine who ends up on the elite panel that sits atop the Chinese political system have taken place behind closed doors.
They are part of a once-in-a-decade leadership transition taking place in the Chinese Communist Party, which has ruled the world's most populous nation for the past six decades.