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Take a look at what's in store at China's Communist Party legislative session

Updated : March 04, 2019 11:02 AM IST

A year since removing any legal barrier to remaining China's leader for life, Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge, despite a slowing economy, an ongoing trade war with the US and rumbles of discontent over his concentration of power. The Chinese president and head of the ruling Communist Party wields more authority than any leader since Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s and looms large over the annual legislative session that starts Tuesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
China's Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Zhang Youxia, left, and Chen Quanguo, Communist Party secretary of Xinjiang, attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
China's Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Zhang Youxia, left, and Chen Quanguo, Communist Party secretary of Xinjiang, attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming, left, a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), towers over other delegates as they arrive at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session of the CPPCC in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Thousands of delegates from around China have gathered in Beijing for the annual session of the country's rubber-stamp legislature and its advisory body. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming, left, a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), towers over other delegates as they arrive at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session of the CPPCC in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Thousands of delegates from around China have gathered in Beijing for the annual session of the country's rubber-stamp legislature and its advisory body. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Minority delegates share a light moment as they arrive at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Minority delegates share a light moment as they arrive at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Delegates pose for a photograph with the Great Hall of the People as they arrive to attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Delegates pose for a photograph with the Great Hall of the People as they arrive to attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Delegates leave the Great Hall of the People after attending the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Delegates leave the Great Hall of the People after attending the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Delegates leave the Great Hall of the People after attending the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Delegates leave the Great Hall of the People after attending the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Hospitality staff enjoy the moment as they take pictures on Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Hospitality staff enjoy the moment as they take pictures on Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Hospitality staff take selfies on Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Hospitality staff take selfies on Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Hospitality staff jump as they pose for photographs on Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Hospitality staff jump as they pose for photographs on Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Hospitality staff jump as they pose for their colleague on Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Hospitality staff jump as they pose for their colleague on Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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