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Communist party delegates have gathered at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to hear Xi Jinping, China’s president, set out plans for the next five years.

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Communist party stewards prepare to protect delegates from the rain

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A Chinese military band strikes up at the start of the gathering

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Security personnel show their military bearing as they take their positions

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Delegates, some representing ethnic minorities, take their seats

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President Xi Jinping, left, greets former president Jiang Zemin

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President Xi, right, chats with his predecessor, Hu Jintao

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Delegates observe a minute’s silence for past revolutionaries

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Mr Xi bows before his opening address

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His speech lasted almost four hours

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The Great Hall of the People, packed for the president’s opening address

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Mr Jiang gives a document his close attention

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Military delegates in good cheer after the opening ceremony

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