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China raises flag ahead of parliament opening

Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 00:58

China's national flag is raised in Tiananmen Square, ahead of the opening of the National People's Congress. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. China raised its national flag in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Sunday (March 5) as the annual session of the largely rubber-stamp National People's Congress (NPC) prepared to open. The national anthem played as a large crowd watched paramilitary officers carry the flag from the Gate of Heavenly Peace and attach it to the flagpole before the sun rose. Security was tight in and around the square as the ceremony took place. Around 3,000 delegates gathered later in the morning in Beijing's Great Hall of the People for the opening ceremony. On Sunday, the start of the roughly 10-day session, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will announce key economic targets in a state-of-the-nation style address. The annual growth target has been lowered to around 6.5 percent from last year's 6.5-7 percent. The economy expanded 6.7 percent in 2016, its slowest pace in 26 years. Top of the agenda this year are reforms and other steps to reduce the world's second-largest economy's heavy reliance on credit to contain debt and housing risks.

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China raises flag ahead of parliament opening

Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 00:58