Those with business or tech backgrounds, regional leadership experience and connections to Xi most likely to be promoted, observers say.
The Politburo Standing Committee is the party’s top decision-making body, but there are no written rules on how many members it can have. Analysts say its size is unlikely to change since Xi has cemented his power.
Xi Jinping is on course to become party leader for a third term – the first to do so since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 – but 11 of the 24 other Politburo members are likely to retire.
The world has changed significantly since China’s president last travelled overseas, and his trip will be closely watched for signals about China’s next moves.
Xi Jinping’s wide-ranging economic reforms have seen China expand its global influence with the Belt and Road Initiative and reorient domestic development through ‘Dual Circulation’.
The Communist Party is preparing for next month’s national congress, where Xi Jinping is expected to secure an unprecedented third term at the helm.
Deputy foreign minister Ma Zhaoxu makes clear that ‘diplomatic struggle’ against threats to core interests will continue after October event.