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China National People's Congress opens in Beijing

  • China's National People's Congress has opened in Beijing, marking the final stage of the country's once-in-a-decade leadership change.

    The two-week-long event will focus on the "work report" from outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao, which will center on the economy.

    The Congress, China's parliament, will also see Xi Jinping formally become the country’s new president, taking over from former premier, Hu Jintao.

    Last November, he was appointed head of the Communist Party.

    Along with Xi, other top government posts will also be announced.

    Around 3,000 delegates are attending the Congress, including members of China's Communist Party, the military, monks, ethnic minority representatives and business leaders.

    The role of the delegates is to approve decisions already made by party officials rather than debate over the issues, essentially likening the Congress to a rubber stamp parliament.

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