China's Communist Party schedules meeting for November to discuss reforms

China's ruling Communist Party says it will meet in November to discuss deepening reforms.

Tuesday's announcement followed a meeting of the party's 25-member Politburo that adopted plans for local government reform, and preventing and punishing corruption over the four years until 2017.

A party notice gave no details about the 18th Party Central Committee's Third Plenary Session to be held in November. However, such sessions have in the past been a platform for the announcement of economic programs.

That was most significant in December 1978 when the session cemented Deng Xiaoping's new direction of reform and opening that set China on the course of economic transformation.

Current party leader Xi Jinping has focused mostly on fighting corruption and government waste since taking over in November.