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The meaning behind the pageantry of China's Two Sessions

As with all political rituals, the meetings serve important purposes

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Delegates applaud as Xi Jinping arrives for the opening session of National People's Congress on Mar. 5: Xi needs to build a strong case that he is the right man for China.   © AP

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a nonresident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

China's Two Sessions -- the annual meeting of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference -- hardly seem worth the pageantry the Chinese government lavishes on them.

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