China Congress Dazzled Delegates

November 12, 2012 - 8:33 AM
In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 photo, Communist Party delegate Cai Cengma, center, in traditional Mongolian ethnic minority dress, walks with other delegates to the Great Hall of the People, where the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress is held in Beijing. Along with government officials, managers of state industries and military officers, delegates of the 18th Communist Party Congress also include migrant workers, peasants, factory technicians, teachers, doctors, artists and Olympic gold medalists. Many of the rank and file delegates are brought to Beijing to make the roughly 2,300-member congress more representative, and have no real political clout. They ratify decisions made by a few dozen party insiders in backroom deals. Still, they believe in the cause and swoon at the prestige of being chosen to be a national delegate. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)