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China People's Congress

What to watch at China's coronavirus-delayed congress

Growth target less certain than ever as delegates gather in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Communist Party see maintaining stability as job No. 1. (Nikkei Montage/Source photos by AP and Reuters) 

SHANGHAI -- China's biggest annual political gatherings opened on May 21, signaling the government's confidence that it has the coronavirus under control but also, perhaps, concern about mounting economic and diplomatic pressures.

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference started on Thursday, followed by the National People's Congress on Friday. In a normal year, both would have convened in early March.

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