Photos: Xi Jinping opens 19th Chinese Communist Party congress in Beijing

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which will culminate with the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee deciding the path for China’s 1.4 billion citizens over the next five years began today with an address by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers his speech opening the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a twice-a-decade, week-long, mostly closed-door conclave that will culminate with the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee that will rule China’s 1.4 billion people for the next five years. (Jason Lee / Reuters)

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers his speech opening the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a twice-a-decade, week-long, mostly closed-door conclave that will culminate with the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee that will rule China’s 1.4 billion people for the next five years. (Jason Lee / Reuters)

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Delegates in traditional costumes arrive for the National Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. ‘Through a long period of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, this is a new historical direction in our country’s development,’ Xi said in the speech carried live across the nation on state television. (Tyrone Siu / REUTERS)

Delegates in traditional costumes arrive for the National Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. ‘Through a long period of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, this is a new historical direction in our country’s development,’ Xi said in the speech carried live across the nation on state television. (Tyrone Siu / REUTERS)

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A general view shows delegates attending the National Congress on October 18, 2017. Before hundreds of delegates, mostly men in dark suits, Xi hailed China’s efforts in the disputed South China Sea as well as his signature foreign-policy initiative, the ‘One Belt, One Road’ project aimed at improving connections between China, Europe and Africa. (Thomas Peter / REUTERS)

A general view shows delegates attending the National Congress on October 18, 2017. Before hundreds of delegates, mostly men in dark suits, Xi hailed China’s efforts in the disputed South China Sea as well as his signature foreign-policy initiative, the ‘One Belt, One Road’ project aimed at improving connections between China, Europe and Africa. (Thomas Peter / REUTERS)

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Xi Jinping (C), former President Jiang Zemin (R), and former President Hu Jintao (L) at the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress in Beijing. Xi told the congress that the nation’s prospects are bright but challenges are severe, pledging that the party would have ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption and would ‘continue to purify, improve and reform itself’ — an indication that it would not allow outside checks on graft. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

Xi Jinping (C), former President Jiang Zemin (R), and former President Hu Jintao (L) at the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress in Beijing. Xi told the congress that the nation’s prospects are bright but challenges are severe, pledging that the party would have ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption and would ‘continue to purify, improve and reform itself’ — an indication that it would not allow outside checks on graft. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

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A man watches the opening speech on a television in Shanghai on October 18, 2017. Xi affirmed economic plans that call for developing state-owned companies that dominate industries including finance, energy and telecoms while also giving the market the ‘decisive role’ in allocating resources. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

A man watches the opening speech on a television in Shanghai on October 18, 2017. Xi affirmed economic plans that call for developing state-owned companies that dominate industries including finance, energy and telecoms while also giving the market the ‘decisive role’ in allocating resources. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

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Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin reads through President Xi’s report during the congress. Key questions include whether Xi ally and top corruption-buster Wang Qishan will stay on past traditional retirement age. Another measure of Xi’s power will be whether he manages to have his own political philosophy added to the constitution, elevating him to the level of leaders like Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. (Jason Lee / REUTERS)

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin reads through President Xi’s report during the congress. Key questions include whether Xi ally and top corruption-buster Wang Qishan will stay on past traditional retirement age. Another measure of Xi’s power will be whether he manages to have his own political philosophy added to the constitution, elevating him to the level of leaders like Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. (Jason Lee / REUTERS)

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A paramilitary policeman stands at the Tiananmen gate, a day before the congress. Attention will also be paid to any moves that would enable Xi to stay on in a leadership capacity after his second term ends in 2022. One of the most important signals would be whether Xi is referred to as ‘lingxiu’, or leader, an honorific has been bestowed on only Mao and his short-lived successor, Hua Guofeng since 1949. (Aly Song / REUTERS)

A paramilitary policeman stands at the Tiananmen gate, a day before the congress. Attention will also be paid to any moves that would enable Xi to stay on in a leadership capacity after his second term ends in 2022. One of the most important signals would be whether Xi is referred to as ‘lingxiu’, or leader, an honorific has been bestowed on only Mao and his short-lived successor, Hua Guofeng since 1949. (Aly Song / REUTERS)

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Military band members prepare before the National Congress in Beijing. Xi’s report will outline the party’s priorities over the next five years. It will then be studied during the Congress, though it is widely expected to be accepted and implemented by delegates without challenge. Delegates, representing an estimated 90 million party members nationwide, will also elect about 200 members to the CCP’s Central Committee. (Jason Lee / REUTERS)

Military band members prepare before the National Congress in Beijing. Xi’s report will outline the party’s priorities over the next five years. It will then be studied during the Congress, though it is widely expected to be accepted and implemented by delegates without challenge. Delegates, representing an estimated 90 million party members nationwide, will also elect about 200 members to the CCP’s Central Committee. (Jason Lee / REUTERS)

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People pass a billboard reading ‘Welcome the 19th Congress. Create New Achievements’ ahead of the opening of the National Congress. Coverage in state media and across the city is in overdrive with large red banners plastered around Beijing welcoming the congress, while censors have stepped up already tight monitoring of the internet. (Greg Baker / AFP)

People pass a billboard reading ‘Welcome the 19th Congress. Create New Achievements’ ahead of the opening of the National Congress. Coverage in state media and across the city is in overdrive with large red banners plastered around Beijing welcoming the congress, while censors have stepped up already tight monitoring of the internet. (Greg Baker / AFP)

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