Hu Jintao could assume full leadership at Central Committee plenary session The Communist Party will hold the annual plenary session of its Central Committee from September 16 to 19, Xinhua reported yesterday after a report said Jiang Zemin may be preparing to step down as chairman of the Central Military Commission. The New York Times reported yesterday that Mr Jiang could hand over his military title to President Hu Jintao during the session. Quoting an unnamed party official, the report also said the formal agenda for the session had been scrapped, suggesting it had been overshadowed by the broader power struggle. However, the Xinhua report indicated that the formal agenda would centre on finding ways to enhance the party's ability to rule, as previously speculated. The announcement of the date and agenda for the session was made after a Politburo meeting chaired by Mr Hu yesterday. At that meeting, the members of the elite Politburo discussed a draft document on how to improve party rule, which would be formally presented for approval at the plenary session of the 198-member Central Committee, Xinhua said. 'Presently, the international situation is undergoing profound changes and our country's reforms and development are at a critical stage,' the Xinhua report said. 'Our party must adapt to the new situation and new tasks ... so as to push forward the process of building a well-off society.' The Xinhua report gave no hints that top-level personnel changes would be discussed at the session, despite intense speculation in the overseas media in recent weeks that Mr Jiang will be forced to step down soon. The Times report said Mr Jiang, 78, had agreed to give up his last official title, but it remained unclear whether he genuinely intended to step aside or whether this would take place during the session. Quoting two unnamed sources, the report said Mr Jiang revealed his intention to step down at a meeting of senior party officials late last week. However, it quoted an unnamed official as saying Mr Jiang could have calculated he would be asked to stay on as military chief or be offered another position of influence. Mr Hu, 62, took over the top party job from Mr Jiang in 2002 and the presidency last year. By taking over the top military job, Mr Hu - now a vice-chairman of the military commission - would become the country's undisputed leader, commanding the state, the army and the ruling party, the paper said. It quoted analysts as saying that if Mr Hu gained control of the armed forces, he could adopt an agenda that some analysts say would be more open to change and possibly less truculent in managing domestic hot spots like Hong Kong and Taiwan.