China opens National People's Congress – in pictures

Annual Communist party session begins Beijing's Great Hall of the People. About 3,000 delegates will approve the Chinese government's economic and social plan for the next five years, 2011-2015
NPC in Beijing: Tiananmen Square
A Chinese paramilitary policeman keeps watch above Tiananmen Square as the sun rises before the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People Photograph: Andy Wong/AP
NPC in Beijing: Stewardesses
Stewardesses pose for photographs on Tiananmen Square outside the Great Hall of the People Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA
NPC in Beijing: Officers salute
Soldiers on Tiananmen Square Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA
NPC in Beijing: Stewardess adjusts  her hat
A stewardess dressed in an ethnic minority costume arranges her hat Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA
NPC in Beijing: Conductor
A military band conductor rehearses before the opening session Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP
NPC in Beijing: Segway
A policeman rides a Segway-style scooter outside the Great Hall of the People Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images
NPC in Beijing: A delegate
A delegate of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference reads a government report from Premier Wen Jiabao Photograph: Jason Lee/REUTERS
NPC in Beijing: President Hu Jintao
China's president, Hu Jintao, and other top leaders attend the opening ceremony Photograph: REUTERS
NPC in Beijing: A security officer keeps watch
A security officer keeps watch inside the Great Hall of the People Photograph: Jason Lee/REUTERS
NPC in Beijing: Opening Session
The opening ceremony in the Great Hall of the People Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
NPC in Beijing: ethnic minority delegate
An ethnic minority delegate leaves the Great Hall of the People in Beijing after the opening session Photograph: Vincent Thian/AP

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