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Chinese hostesses, who serve the delegates of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and National People’s Congress, have souvenir photos taken in front of the Great Hall of the People during sessions of the CPPCC and NPC held in Beijing, March 4, 2014.
Chinese hostesses, who serve the delegates of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and National People’s Congress, have souvenir photos taken in front of the Great Hall of the People during sessions of the CPPCC and NPC held in Beijing, March 4, 2014.
(Andy Wong/Associated Press)

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE

In the political theatre of China, the real drama is offstage

As an act of political theatre it will be a good one, like it always is. This Wednesday, rows of suits will wander in to Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, which adjoins Tiananmen Square to the west. Mixed in will be representatives of the country’s 55 minorities, who typically dress in traditional garb, all assembling to decide the future of China.