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China's Party Congress told corruption needs to be tackled

China's Party Congress told corruption needs to be tackled

Updated 8 November 2012, 22:03 AEST

The formal once in a decade handover of power in China has begun with the opening of the Communist Party Congress in Beijing.

Over six days of mostly secret meetings, the country's new leadership group, made up of just seven men will be confirmed.

In his opening speech, outgoing President Hu Jintao has warned that a failure to deal with corruption could cause the collapse of the Party.

Unusually he also pointed to some of the problems and tensions within China's power elite.

Correspondent: Karon Snowdon

Speakers: Hu Jintao, China's President; Zhang Xingzhong, Congress delegate from Fujian Province; John Lee, Associate Professor International Relations, Sydney University; Jie Chen, Associate Professor Politics and International Relations, University of Western Australia

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