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A security guard watches as Fudan University's student members of the Chinese Communist Party stand in formation to create the party's emblem, a hammer and sickle, to mark the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which kicks off this Thursday, in Shanghai November 6, 2012. Close to 260 students participated in the display. REUTER/Aly Song

A security guard watches as Fudan University's student members of the Chinese Communist Party stand in formation to create the party's emblem, a hammer and sickle, to mark the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which kicks...more

A security guard watches as Fudan University's student members of the Chinese Communist Party stand in formation to create the party's emblem, a hammer and sickle, to mark the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which kicks off this Thursday, in Shanghai November 6, 2012. Close to 260 students participated in the display. REUTER/Aly Song
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Fudan University's student members of the Chinese Communist Party stand in formation to create the party's emblem, a hammer and sickle, to mark the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which kicks off this Thursday, in Shanghai November 6, 2012. Close to 260 students participated in the display. REUTER/Aly Song

Fudan University's student members of the Chinese Communist Party stand in formation to create the party's emblem, a hammer and sickle, to mark the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which kicks off this Thursday, in...more

Fudan University's student members of the Chinese Communist Party stand in formation to create the party's emblem, a hammer and sickle, to mark the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which kicks off this Thursday, in Shanghai November 6, 2012. Close to 260 students participated in the display. REUTER/Aly Song
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A worker installs a propaganda banner, promoting the Communist Party congress, outside the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in central Beijing November 5, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A worker installs a propaganda banner, promoting the Communist Party congress, outside the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in central Beijing November 5, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A worker installs a propaganda banner, promoting the Communist Party congress, outside the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in central Beijing November 5, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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Wang Yang, Party Secretary of Guangdong Province, attends the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this March 3, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

Wang Yang, Party Secretary of Guangdong Province, attends the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this March 3, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

Wang Yang, Party Secretary of Guangdong Province, attends the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this March 3, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files
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Liu Yandong, State Councillor of China, is seen during an official working visit in Bern, Switzerland, in this November 24, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/Files

Liu Yandong, State Councillor of China, is seen during an official working visit in Bern, Switzerland, in this November 24, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/Files

Liu Yandong, State Councillor of China, is seen during an official working visit in Bern, Switzerland, in this November 24, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/Files
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Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng attends a meeting at the World Expo site in Shanghai in this May 22, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Eugene Hoshiko/Pool/Files

Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng attends a meeting at the World Expo site in Shanghai in this May 22, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Eugene Hoshiko/Pool/Files

Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng attends a meeting at the World Expo site in Shanghai in this May 22, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Eugene Hoshiko/Pool/Files
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A combination picture shows the 10 main candidates sources said are vying for seven seats on China's ruling Communist Party party's next Politburo Standing Committee, the peak decision-making body which will steer the world's second-largest economy for the next five years. REUTERS/Staff/Pool

A combination picture shows the 10 main candidates sources said are vying for seven seats on China's ruling Communist Party party's next Politburo Standing Committee, the peak decision-making body which will steer the world's second-largest economy...more

A combination picture shows the 10 main candidates sources said are vying for seven seats on China's ruling Communist Party party's next Politburo Standing Committee, the peak decision-making body which will steer the world's second-largest economy for the next five years. REUTERS/Staff/Pool
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A man walks past a logo of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at a media center for the upcoming18th National Congress of the CPC, which starts Thursday, in Beijing November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A man walks past a logo of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at a media center for the upcoming18th National Congress of the CPC, which starts Thursday, in Beijing November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A man walks past a logo of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at a media center for the upcoming18th National Congress of the CPC, which starts Thursday, in Beijing November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Local elderly residents with red armbands, identifying them as security volunteers, chat as they sit to watch over a traditional alleyway, or Hutong, in central Beijing November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Local elderly residents with red armbands, identifying them as security volunteers, chat as they sit to watch over a traditional alleyway, or Hutong, in central Beijing November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Local elderly residents with red armbands, identifying them as security volunteers, chat as they sit to watch over a traditional alleyway, or Hutong, in central Beijing November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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CHINA-POLITICS/ - Flowchart illustrating the top contenders for key leadership positions in China's government. (SIN01)

CHINA-POLITICS/ - Flowchart illustrating the top contenders for key leadership positions in China's government. (SIN01)

CHINA-POLITICS/ - Flowchart illustrating the top contenders for key leadership positions in China's government. (SIN01)
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A man reads a message on his mobile phone as he waits to board a plane to head to Beijing, at Hongqiao airport in Shanghai November 6. 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A man reads a message on his mobile phone as he waits to board a plane to head to Beijing, at Hongqiao airport in Shanghai November 6. 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A man reads a message on his mobile phone as he waits to board a plane to head to Beijing, at Hongqiao airport in Shanghai November 6. 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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