Two US-based scholars plan to publish what they say are secret Communist Party documents showing intensive intra-party political jostling over succession ahead of November's 16th Communist Party Congress. Despite rampant rumours President Jiang Zemin will cling to power, the documents allegedly say he will give up his three top offices by stepping down as Communist Party chief in November and as head of the Central Military Commission and president next March after the National People's Congress meetings, handing power to designated heir Hu Jintao, 59. The documents, claiming to draw on high-level insider material and discussions from the party's organisation department being smuggled out of China, allegedly say Mr Jiang's attempts to hold on to one or two top positions failed to win the support of other senior leaders. This new account of China's secretive power politics and internal debates on the leadership succession were compiled into a book by an anonymous Chinese author under the pseudonym of Zong Hairen, meaning people from the Zhongnanhai leaders' compound in Beijing. Its English version, China's New Rulers: The Inside Files, will be published by the New York Review of Books Press in the autumn and its Chinese version, Disidai (which translates as The Fourth Generation), will be published by the New York-based Mirror Books after November's party congress. Despite the new account, the publisher of the Chinese version of the book said there might still be factors changing the outcome of the succession game. 'It is still highly possible that Jiang would stay on at least as head of the Central Military Commission or even the party chief position,' said He Pin of Mirror Books, also a veteran China observer. But he said one certainty was that the power struggle was a fight under control and the party would be able to have a stable and orderly political succession over the coming six months no matter whether Mr Jiang clung to power or not. The anonymous author of the accounts, a Chinese man who has lived for several years in the US and is said to have well-placed sources in the party, was believed to be the same writer behind The Tiananmen Papers - purportedly secret documents describing the internal debates leading to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. 'The dossiers are quite categorical about what was the planned succession and, as we understand it, it has not changed,' said Bruce Gilley, a former journalist and a doctoral candidate at Princeton University who scrutinised the English version of the book with Professor Andrew Nathan, of Columbia University, also editor of The Tiananmen Papers. In the new leadership line-up, it is said Mr Hu will rank first, followed by Li Ruihan, 68, who is also to become the head of the NPC. Wen Jiabao, 60, will be named prime minister as well as a standing committee member. Others on the committee will include Wu Bangguo, who is now a deputy prime minister, and Luo Gan, the Director of Law and Security.