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China cpc congress nov 8 20120928

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In an overdue announcement, Chinese state media says the five-yearly congress, a key event in the country's leadership transition, will convene November 8.
China cpc congress nov 8 20120928

Workmen put the finishing touches on a giant flower pot in front of the Great Hall of People beside Tiananmen Square as the city prepares for the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, to be held in Beijing starting November 8, 2012, according to state media. Xi Jinping is widely expected to be named head of the ruling Communist Party and become president in the country's once-in-a-decade leadership transition.

MARK RALSTON