(BEIJING) — The U.S. isn’t the only country that is choosing its future leadership this week. A Communist Party congress got under way late Wednesday night and will see a new set of leaders unveiled.
All 2,000 delegates assembled in Beijing for the week-long meeting, which begins a power transfer that takes place just once in a decade.
In preparation for the meeting, officials tightened security across the city, with policemen checking pedestrian passers-by, and transport restrictions were put in place.
The party congress officially concludes Wednesday, Nov. 14, when the nine or seven men who will make up the new Politburo Standing Committee — and who will effectively govern China for the next 10 years — will be unveiled for the first time as they walk on stage at the Great Hall of the People.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN