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In Pictures: China's congress opens

Nearly 3,000 Chinese delegates attend the first ceremony of the National People's Party in Beijing.

Rita Alvarez Tudela |

China's National People's Congress has opened in Beijing, marking the final stage of the country's once-in-a-decade leadership change, with top officials promising to fight corruption, address environmental issues and strengthen its military.

At the week-long assembly that began on Tuesday, China will see Xi Jinping complete his transition to president, taking over from Hu Jintao.

The meeting of about 3,000 Congress members will complete China's transition that began with a Communist Party congress in November 2012 that appointed Xi as party leader and the country's new chief.