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Chinese leaders, facing pressure to shore up sagging economy, work on new growth blueprint

  • People are reflected on a window as they walk past fashion magazine posters near a Mercedes-Benz SUV model on display at a showroom for the China Fashion Week at the 798 Art Gallery in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Facing pressure to shore up sagging economic growth, Chinese leaders are gathered this week to draw up a new blueprint to guide development through the end of this decade. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    People are reflected on a window as they walk past fashion magazine posters near a Mercedes-Benz SUV model on display at a showroom for the China Fashion Week at the 798 Art Gallery in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Facing pressure to shore up sagging economic growth, Chinese leaders are gathered this week to draw up a new blueprint to guide development through the end of this decade. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man is reflected on a Mercedes-Benz showroom's window glass as he takes a "selfie" near fashion magazine posters on display at the 798 Art Gallery in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Facing pressure to shore up sagging economic growth, Chinese leaders are gathered this week to draw up a new blueprint to guide development through the end of this decade. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    A man is reflected on a Mercedes-Benz showroom's window glass as he takes a "selfie" near fashion magazine posters on display at the 798 Art Gallery in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Facing pressure to shore up sagging economic growth, Chinese leaders are gathered this week to draw up a new blueprint to guide development through the end of this decade. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man rides a tricycle cart loaded with recyclable bottles past a Mercedes-Benz SUV car model on display at the 798 Art Gallery for the China Fashion Week in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Facing pressure to shore up sagging economic growth, Chinese leaders are gathered this week to draw up a new blueprint to guide development through the end of this decade. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    A man rides a tricycle cart loaded with recyclable bottles past a Mercedes-Benz SUV car model on display at the 798 Art Gallery for the China Fashion Week in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Facing pressure to shore up sagging economic growth, Chinese leaders are gathered this week to draw up a new blueprint to guide development through the end of this decade. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

Facing pressure to shore up sagging economic growth, Chinese leaders are gathered this week to draw up a new blueprint to guide development through the end of this decade.

Communist Party leaders opened an annual meeting Monday to work on their next five-year plan for "economic and social development."

Analysts expect Chinese leaders to affirm their commitment to giving market forces a bigger role in the state-dominated economy while retaining the ruling party's control of key industries.

They face pressure to speed up an economic overhaul aimed at shifting China from reliance on trade and investment toward self-sustaining growth driven by domestic consumption.

Economic growth slowed to a six-year low of 6.9 percent in the latest quarter, fueling concern about a rise in job losses and possible unrest.