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China to raise its Defense budget by about 7 percent in 2017

  • Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Chinese People Political Consultative Conference, Chinese President, Chinese Premier
    Chinese President Xi Jinping walks in for the opening session

    China’s "two sessions" kicks off this week, bringing together all of the movers and shakers from the top echelons of government for the nation’s two big annual political shindigs.

  • Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Chinese People Political Consultative Conference, Chinese President, Chinese Premier
    Chinese President Xi Jinping listens to a speech during the opening session

    The National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body

  • Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Chinese People Political Consultative Conference, Chinese President, Chinese Premier
    Bus ushers pose for photographs in front of the Great Hall of the People during the opening session

    With the main event, the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's legislature, getting under way on Sunday.

  • Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Chinese People Political Consultative Conference, Chinese President, Chinese Premier
    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping after the opening session

    It’s a time when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gets together to hammer out issues that are pressing to the country.

  • Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Chinese People Political Consultative Conference, Chinese President, Chinese Premier
    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is applauded after delivering his work report

    This is no parliament, however, and delegates overwhelmingly vote according with the policies set out by the CCP Politburo Standing Committee — the nation’s top political body — helmed, of course, by President Xi Jinping.

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