Politics

China's 18th Communist Party Congress opens in Beijing (PHOTOS)

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Today is the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's five-yearly Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

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Ed Jones

Meanwhile Beijing is under heavy security, with many government critics detained or under house arrest, and a variety of restrictions imposed on residents of the capital.

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    Today is the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's five-yearly Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

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    Ed Jones

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    The meeting is appoint the officials who will lead the Communist Party for the next ten years.

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    Mark RALSTON

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    Hostesses prepare to welcome guests to the week-long event.

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    MARK RALSTON

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    More than 2,000 delegates will attend the meeting from 40 constituencies all over China.

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    Mark Ralston

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    Delegates arrive wearing the traditional dress of their regions.

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    This delegate represents one of China's ethnic minorities.

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    A delegate from Yunnan province, in the southwest of China.

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    Chinese President Hu Jintao (Left) speaks during the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People on November 8, 2012 in Beijing, China. The Communist Party Congress will convene from November 8-14 and will determine the party's next leaders.

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    Feng Li

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    Xi Jingping (L) and Li Keqiang (R) are expected to become president and premier, respectively. They are currently deputies to President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

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    Feng Li

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    Meanwhile in Hong Kong, pro-democracy activists held a protest in front of the Chinese liaison office to demand an end to one-party rule, the release of political prisoners and greater internet freedoms.

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    Philippe Lopez