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CHINA GREAT HALL 10

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Chinese soldiers stand guard in front of the Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen square in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 5, 2009. China's National People's Congress is a largely powerless body but it represents one of the country's last displays of old style communism. Ethnic minority delegates from around the country attend the meetings wearing traditional costumes, a conceit which allows the government to argue that the nation's different cultures co-exist harmoniously. Little is decided at these gatherings though. The NPC functions largely as a rubber stamp body for policies put forward by the Communist party's elite.
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CHINA GREAT HALL
Chinese soldiers stand guard in front of the Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen square in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 5, 2009. China's National People's Congress is a largely powerless body but it represents one of the country's last displays of old style communism. Ethnic minority delegates from around the country attend the meetings wearing traditional costumes, a conceit which allows the government to argue that the nation's different cultures co-exist harmoniously. Little is decided at these gatherings though. The NPC functions largely as a rubber stamp body for policies put forward by the Communist party's elite.