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BEIJING (AP) -
China's ruling Communist Party has opened a congress to usher in a new group of leaders faced with the challenging tasks of righting a flagging economy and meeting public calls for better government.
The weeklong congress is the start of a carefully choreographed but still fraught power transfer in which President Hu Jintao and most of the senior leadership begin to relinquish office to younger leaders headed by the appointed hier, Vice President Xi Jinping.
Meeting in the Great Hall of the People, the congress is a public gathering of 2,268 delegates drawn from the 82 million-member party where the real deal-making is done by a few dozen power-brokers behind the scenes.
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