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China's parliament opens amid possibility of lifelong rule by president Xi Jinping

BEIJING - China's annual parliament opened Monday with the expected show of unity, loyalty and pomp despite concerns about how long President Xi Jinping may hold power.

Nearly 3,000 handpicked delegates descended on the Great Hall of the People - a massive edifice flanking Tiananmen Square - to display their absolute allegiance to the Communist Party and its leader.

But the routine belied China's most monumental National People's Congress in years, and perhaps its most controversial.

Chinese officials have proposed scrapping a two-term limit for the country's president from the nation's constitution, paving the way for Xi to rule for decades. This could thrust the country into a new era of

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