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NPC opens in China (19 images)

Updated: March 7, 2011 at 6:59 AM
A military band listens to China's Premeir Wen Jiabao deliver the "state of the nation" speech during the opening session of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) being held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 5, 2011. China's spending on police and domestic survelliance will hit new heights in 2005, with "public security" outlays unveiled on Saturday outstripping the defense budget for the first time as Beijing cracks down on protest calls. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese delegates listen to China's Premeir Wen Jiabao deliver the "state of the nation" speech during the opening session of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) being held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 5, 2011. China's spending on police and domestic survelliance will hit new heights in 2005, with "public security" outlays unveiled on Saturday outstripping the defense budget for the first time as Beijing cracks down on protest calls. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese police stand guars as delegates arrive for the opening session of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) being held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 5, 2011. China's spending on police and domestic survelliance will hit new heights in 2005, with "public security" outlays unveiled on Saturday outstripping the defense budget for the first time as Beijing cracks down on protest calls. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese ethnic minority delegates walk to their buses at the close of the opening session of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) being held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 5, 2011. China's spending on police and domestic survelliance will hit new heights in 2005, with "public security" outlays unveiled on Saturday outstripping the defense budget for the first time as Beijing cracks down on protest calls. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese ethnic minority delegate hands out her name card prior to the opening session of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) being held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 5, 2011. China's spending on police and domestic survelliance will hit new heights in 2005, with "public security" outlays unveiled on Saturday outstripping the defense budget for the first time as Beijing cracks down on protest calls. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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China's President Hu Jintao attends the opening session of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) being held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 5, 2011. China's spending on police and domestic survelliance will hit new heights in 2005, with "public security" outlays unveiled on Saturday outstripping the defense budget for the first time as Beijing cracks down on protest calls. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese police patrol Tiananmen Square on Segway-like, made in China, vehicles during the opening session of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) being held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 5, 2011. China's spending on police and domestic survelliance will hit new heights in 2005, with "public security" outlays unveiled on Saturday outstripping the defense budget for the first time as Beijing cracks down on protest calls. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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