China's ruling Politburo Standing Committee are given a round of applause during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on March 3, 2017
AFP: China counts over 100 billionaires among top Communist legislators
China counts more than 100 billionaires among its top legislators, with 209 of the richest holding wealth nearly equivalent to Belgium's annual GDP, according to a report released as the Communist Party's annual parliamentary session started Friday.
A key focus of the sessions is eliminating poverty and creating a "moderately prosperous society", a project President Xi Jinping has frequently cited as a national priority in a country that suffers from a gaping chasm between the rich and poor.
The annual session of the country's top political bodies started Friday with a meeting of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a group that is part of the Communist Party-controlled government structure.
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