2015 Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference session begins

The National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s political advisory body, started its annual session in Beijing Tuesday afternoon. Some 2,200 members of the CPPCC National Committee from the country’s various walks of life will discuss major issues concerning China’s development during the third session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee, which is scheduled to conclude on March 13.

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Lv Xinhua (2nd R), spokeman for the third session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) attends a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 2, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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A staff member cleans a sign ahead of upcoming opening sessions of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 2, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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Chinese president Xi Jinping (L) and premier Li Keqiang attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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Guo Jinlong (L), a member of the Political Bureau of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Guangdong provincial Party chief Hu Chunhua attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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A general view of the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HIN
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Senior Chinese police officers maintain security during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HIN
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Delegates in traditional costumes leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HIN
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A paramilitary police officer stands guard during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Hostesses jump at Tiananmen square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Chinese soldiers carry a sign up the steps of the Great Hall of the People after the start of the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER
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Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai (L) talks with Chinese vice chairman of the Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang (R) at the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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Liu Qibao (R), a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the CPC Central Committee's Publicity Department, talks with member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Wang Huning (L) at the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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Chinese president Xi Jinping (L) and premier Li Keqiang attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) applaud at the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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Wang Qishan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), attends the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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Former Chinese NBA star Yao Ming makes his way through a crowd of journalists to the steps of the Great Hall of the People as he arrives for the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER
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Delegates leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Delegates leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Delegates leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Delegates leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Hostesses adjust clothing in Tiananmen square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Chinese sprinter Liu Xiang (L) is interviewed as he arrives outside the Great Hall of the People for the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER
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A group of security guards prepare to leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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Delegates leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Delegates leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Photographers take pictures during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Waiters prepare tea for journalists during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Minority delegates walk out of the Great Hall of the People after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER
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A group of security guards check the venue after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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TOPSHOTSAttendants check the platform after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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A Chinese military band rehearses before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The more than 2,000 members of China's top legislative advisory body convened their annual meeting Tuesday, kicking off a political high season that will continue with the opening of the national congress later in the week. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Mao Xinyu, center, the grandson of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong and a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), arrives for the opening session of the CPPCC in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The more than 2,000 members of China's top legislative advisory body convened their annual meeting Tuesday, kicking off a political high season that will continue with the opening of the national congress later in the week. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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Journalists interview Cui Yongyuan, a member of 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), in Beijing, capital of China, March 3, 2015. The third session of the 12th National Committee of CPPCC opened in Beijing on March 3. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
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Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), delivers a report on the work of the CPPCC National Committee's Standing Committee at the third session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 3, 2015. The third session of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC opened in Beijing on March 3. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
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Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), delivers a report on the work of the CPPCC National Committee's Standing Committee at the third session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 3, 2015. The third session of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC opened in Beijing on March 3. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)<br />
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Journalists interview Zhu Guangyao, a member of 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), in Beijing, capital of China, March 3, 2015. The third session of the 12th National Committee of CPPCC opened in Beijing on March 3. (Xinhua/Li Xin)