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In Beijing, political pomp abounds as China kicks off 'two meetings'
In Beijing, political pomp abounds as China kicks off 'two meetings'

China began its annual political high season on Tuesday with pomp and circumstance at Beijing's Great Hall of the People. President Xi Jinping and more than 2,000 delegates -- including former basketball star Yao Ming -- convened for the opening session of the nation’s top legislative advisory body. On Thursday, the Communist nation’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, will begin its yearly session. Though the chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Yu Zhengsheng, invoked the words “democracy” or “democratic” 48 times in his lengthy opening speech Tuesday, the “two meetings,”...

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