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China's Party Congress: Grand Scenes and Tiny Moments in Beijing
Though the twice-a-decade conclave occurred mostly behind closed doors, there was plenty of pageantry on display at the weeklong congress.
Ushers laugh as they stand on Tiananmen Square before the closing ceremony of China's 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 24.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's name was added to the Communist Party's constitution at the congress, elevating him alongside Chairman Mao to the pantheon of the country's founding giants.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening session, attended by some 2,300 delegates, in the Great Hall of the People on Oct. 18.
The congress culminates in the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee to rule China's 1.4 billion people for the next five years.
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with former President Hu Jintao as former President Jiang Zemin looks on during the opening session.
The 64-year-old Xi has consolidated power swiftly since assuming the party leadership in 2012, locking up rivals for corruption, tightening controls on civil society, revamping the military and asserting China's rising might on the global stage.
Workers check on the delegates' seats after the closing ceremony.