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China Chooses A New Generation Of Leaders

The Chinese Communist Party's 18th Congress began November 8 and is expected to name a new generation of leaders. Here's a look at scenes before, during, and around the congress as China prepares for what is expected to be the most important political meeting in a decade. (12 PHOTOS)

Military delegates leave the Great Hall of the People after the opening ceremony.
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Military delegates leave the Great Hall of the People after the opening ceremony.

People look at a portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong at a studio in Beijing.
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People look at a portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong at a studio in Beijing.

Paramilitary policemen hold their fists in front of a flag of the Communist Party as they attend an oath-taking rally to ensure the safety of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party, at a military base in Hangzhou.
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Paramilitary policemen hold their fists in front of a flag of the Communist Party as they attend an oath-taking rally to ensure the safety of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party, at a military base in Hangzhou.

A man poses with carboard cutouts of U.S. President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a hotel during an event organised by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
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A man poses with carboard cutouts of U.S. President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a hotel during an event organised by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

A worker cleans near a poster of the late Chairman Mao Zedong at a thermal power plant in Henan Province.
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A worker cleans near a poster of the late Chairman Mao Zedong at a thermal power plant in Henan Province.

A paramilitary police officer stands in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
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A paramilitary police officer stands in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

People stroll through Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
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People stroll through Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Elderly women with red armbands, identifying them as security volunteers, chat as they sit to watch over a traditional alleyway in central Beijing.
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Elderly women with red armbands, identifying them as security volunteers, chat as they sit to watch over a traditional alleyway in central Beijing.

Young Pioneers gather during a flag-raising ceremony at the East Experimental School in Shanghai.
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Young Pioneers gather during a flag-raising ceremony at the East Experimental School in Shanghai.

A staff member walks around the Great Hall of People during a press conference in Beijing.
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A staff member walks around the Great Hall of People during a press conference in Beijing.

A security officer stands guard at the opening ceremony.
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A security officer stands guard at the opening ceremony.

Delegates before the opening ceremony
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Delegates before the opening ceremony

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