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Wednesday
Nov072012

China's Party Congress Begins Power Transfer

Getty/George Doyle/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- The U.S. isn’t the only country that is choosing its future leadership this week. A Communist Party congress got under way late Wednesday night and will see a new set of leaders unveiled.

All 2,000 delegates assembled in Beijing for the week-long meeting, which begins a power transfer that takes place just once in a decade.

In preparation for the meeting, officials tightened security across the city, with policemen checking pedestrian passers-by, and transport restrictions were put in place.

The party congress officially concludes Wednesday, Nov. 14, when the nine or seven men who will make up the new Politburo Standing Committee -- and who will effectively govern China for the next 10 years -- will be unveiled for the first time as they walk on stage at the Great Hall of the People.

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