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Images from the gathering of China's political apparatus in Beijing.

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An ethnic minority delegate wearing a traditional costume takes a photo at Tiananmen Square as she walks towards the Great Hall of the People ahead of the opening ceremony of National People's Congress (NPC), in Beijing, March 5, 2013.

KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A paramilitary policeman stands guard next to flags ahead of the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress (NPC) at Tiananmen Square in Beijing March 5, 2013.

PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

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Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People ahead of the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress (NPC) at Tiananmen Square in Beijing March 5, 2013.

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A police officer rides a motorized vehicle outside the Great Hall of the People ahead of the opening ceremony of National People's Congress (NPC) at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, March 5, 2013.

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An ethnic minority delegate stands outside the Great Hall of the People ahead of the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress (NPC) at Tiananmen Square in Beijing March 5, 2013.

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A Buddhist monk walks in front of a portrait of China's late leader Mao Zedong ahead of the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress (NPC) on the Tiananmen Square in Beijing March 5, 2013.

PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

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Flags flutter on the top of the National Museum prior to the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress (NPC) on Tiananmen Square during sunrise in Beijing March 5, 2013.

JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Paramilitary policemen march as they head for a flag-lowering ceremony at Tiananmen Square near the Great Hall of the People, the venue of the upcoming National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing March 4, 2013. Deputies of the 12th NPC elected the presidium on Monday morning and set forth topics for the legislative session which begins on Tuesday.

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China's Communist Party Chief Xi Jinping talks to China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang during the presidium of the first session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, March 4, 2013. Deputies of the 12th NPC elected the presidium on Monday morning and set up agenda for the legislative session which begins on Tuesday.

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A female delegate poses for her colleague taking a souvenir photo in front of the Great Hall of the People as they arrive for sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing Monday, March 4, 2013. The National People’s Congress, which opens Tuesday, completes the leadership power transition initiated four months ago, approving top government appointments and giving the new leaders a platform to lay out policies.

Andy Wong/AP

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Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers dressed as ushers march outside the Great Hall of the People after sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing Monday, March 4, 2013. The National People’s Congress, which opens Tuesday, completes the leadership power transition initiated four months ago, approving top government appointments and giving the new leaders a platform to lay out policies.

Andy Wong/AP

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Hostesses, who serve delegates, pose for photographers on Tiananmen Square while sessions of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference are held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Monday, March 4, 2013. The National People’s Congress, which opens Tuesday, completes the leadership power transition initiated four months ago, approving top government appointments and giving the new leaders a platform to lay out policies.

Andy Wong/AP

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A general view inside the Great Hall of the People during China's Premier Wen Jiabao's speech in the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, March 5, 2013.

KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A security officer stands guard at the Great Hall of the People, the venue of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, March 5, 2013.

KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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