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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Premier Li Keqiang attend the annual session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

Knives out for party power struggle in Beijing

Parliamentary session to provide a glimpse into party infighting

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

BEIJING -- The annual session of the National People's Congress, China's parliament, kicked off in Beijing on March 5 amid rising political tensions ahead of a party leadership reshuffle later this year.

The Politburo Standing Committee, the party's top decision-making body, is to be shaken up at the national congress this autumn. Most of the seven committee members are getting on in years and expected to retire, while President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang will almost certainly stay on.

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