epa01655424 Delegates arrive by bus on Tiananmen Square to attend the opening of the second session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 05 March 2009. The NPC has over 3,000 delegates and is the world's largest parliament or legislative assembly though its function is largely as a formal seal of approval for the policies fixed by the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. Among the issues set to be ratified during the session in the upcoming week are new measures to tackle the economic crisis which Premier Wen Jiabao described in his opening address as presenting China with the prospect of the most difficult year this century. EPA/ADRIAN BRADSHAW
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