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China's National People's Congress Opens Updated: 2013-03-05 18:04:03 KST

The National People's Congress opened in Beijing on Tuesday with a speech by outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao, who promised to better serve the interests of the Chinese public.
Wen will step down at the end of the 13-day legislative session, which is the final stage of the country's once-in-a-decade power transition.
Around 3-thousand delegates are attending the event to approve appointments to top government posts and plans to streamline government ministries.
The decisions, however, have already been made by incoming leader Xi Jinping and party officials behind closed doors.
Towards the end of the event, Xi will formally become China's new president, taking over from Hu Jintao.

"China's power transition follows the inauguration of Korean President Park Geun-hye which took place last week. Now, attention in focused on what kind of direction the relations of the two countries will take under these new leaders, with many experts expecting them to form a tighter bond."

"The two leaders, I think are very smart so they can develop the bright side of the two countries' relations and try to solve the problems in the dark side of the two countries."

Dr. Kim Han-kwon, who heads the China Studies Center at Seoul's Asan Insitute for Policy Studies, is one of many experts who expects to see improved bilateral ties.
However, he says North Korea will remain a barrier between the two countries as China has consistently backed up the isolated state following its series of provocative actions.

"We saw that China tried to protect the North Korean position in order to protect their own interest. We hope that the Chinese government and the new Xi Jinping government will try to keep a balancing point between the two countries."

During his 10-year term as the head of the world's largest political party, Xi will be tested by a far more vocal public than ever before, as Chinese citizens, who are increasingly active on social media, could force him to address public concerns in all areas.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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