BEIJING (AFP) - China’s ruling Communist Party said Wednesday its highly anticipated congress would last for one week, as it signalled Vice President Xi Jinping had moved closer to taking the reins of power. Xi was tapped for a key post overseeing the five-yearly congress that opens Thursday in Beijing. At the meeting, he is expected to replace President Hu Jintao as party chief in a once-a-decade power transition. “The preparatory meeting passed the appointment of Comrade Xi Jinping as secretary general of the congress,” said Cai Mingzhao, official spokesman for the party congress. The move likely signals that Xi’s much-expected ascent to the country’s top leadership post is on track. Xi, 59, has been number two to Hu since 2008.