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China says key Communist congress to last 7 days

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China's ruling Communist Party said Wednesday its highly anticipated congress would last for one week, as it signalled Vice President Xi Jinping had moved closer to taking the reins of power. 

A plainclothes security officer (front L) keeps watch in Tiananmen Square on the eve of the Chinese Communist Party's congress to elect a new leader in Beijing. China's ruling Communist Party said Wednesday its highly anticipated congress would last a week, as it signalled that Vice President Xi Jinping had moved closer to taking the reins of power.

Xi was tapped for a key post overseeing the five-yearly congress that opens Thursday in Beijing. At the meeting, he is expected to replace President Hu Jintao as party chief in a once-a-decade power transition.

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