Delegates attend Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (31 images)

Chinese delegates arrive on Tiananmen Square for the opening of the Fifth Session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The CPPCC plays a largely symbolic governmental role, with members meeting once a year to discuss social and economic policies, among them wealthy business leaders, sport stars and members of powerful political families.
Updated: March 5, 2017 at 2:45 PM
Government delegates from all over China arrive for the opening of the fifth session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) being held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2017. China's second-highest ranking politician Premier Li Keqiang criticized calls for Hong Kong's independence in a speech to the nation's parliament. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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Chinese religious delegates arrive on Tiananmen Square for the opening of the Fifth Session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2017. The CPPCC plays a largely symbolic governmental role, with members meeting once a year to discuss social and economic policies, among them wealthy business leaders, sport stars and members of powerful political families. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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A Chinese soldier, under a giant portrait of former helmsman Mao Zedong, stands watch over Tiananmen Square during the opening of the fifth session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) being held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2017. China's second-highest ranking politician Premier Li Keqiang criticized calls for Hong Kong's independence in a speech to the nation's parliament. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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Government delegates from all over China arrive for the opening of the fifth session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) being held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2017. China's second-highest ranking politician Premier Li Keqiang criticized calls for Hong Kong's independence in a speech to the nation's parliament. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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Chinese military delegates arrive on Tiananmen Square for the opening of the Fifth Session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2017. The CPPCC plays a largely symbolic governmental role, with members meeting once a year to discuss social and economic policies, among them wealthy business leaders, sport stars and members of powerful political families. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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Chinese national flags fly over Tiananmen Square during the opening of the Fifth Session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2017. The CPPCC plays a largely symbolic governmental role, with members meeting once a year to discuss social and economic policies, among them wealthy business leaders, sport stars and members of powerful political families. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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Government delegates from all over China arrive for the opening of the fifth session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) being held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2017. China's second-highest ranking politician Premier Li Keqiang criticized calls for Hong Kong's independence in a speech to the nation's parliament. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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