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Friday, 8 November, 2002, 10:45 GMT
In pictures: China's Congress opens
China's Communist Party has begun its most important congress in a decade, as expectation mounts that many senior leaders will step aside for a younger generation.

A delegate from China's southern Guizhou province stands outside Beijing's Great Hall of the People
More than 2,000 delegates from regions across China are attending.

Two Tibetan delegates walk up the steps of Beijing's Great Hall of the People as they arrive for the opening session of the 16th  Chinese Communist Party Congress 8 Nov 2002.
The five-yearly congress is a grand occasion, and this 16th meeting is expected to be momentous.

A crowd of onlookers gather to watch in Tiananmen Square as delegates arrive for the opening session of the 16th Communist Party Congress
The public is waiting to see if Jiang Zemin, 76, will retire as Party chief

Chinese President Jiang Zemin (left) and his expected successor Hu Jintao
Time is running out for the Communist Party leader (left); as his expected successor Hu Jintao waits his turn.

Military delegates pose for a photo with an ethnic Miao minority delegate from south-west China
Outside the Great Hall, military delegates pose for a photo with an ethnic Miao minority delegate from the south-west.

Delegates attend the opening session of the 16th Chinese Communist Party Congress 8 Nov 2002 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
The first day of the congress was televised, but the doors will be closed for the next week.


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