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China's 18th Communist Party Congress opens in Beijing (PHOTOS)

The week-long 18th Communist Party congress, known as the "big 18th" in China, will see a once-a-decade power transition to the next generation of Chinese leaders.

China's 18th Communist Party Congress opens in Beijing (PHOTOS)

Meanwhile Beijing is under heavy security, with many government critics detained or under house arrest, and a variety of restrictions imposed on residents of the capital.