China delegates swoon at their proximity to power
There's China's "most beautiful mother'' _ who shot to national fame when she caught someone else's 2-year-old daughter with her bare arms when the toddler fell from a 10th-floor window. Wu Juping became a symbol of selflessness after the July 2011 rescue crushed her left arm.
“I did what every mom would do,'' said Wu, who was then a quality control employee at the e-commerce giant Alibaba in eastern China's Hangzhou city.
Wu had a rose-red blazer tailored at her own expense for the congress. A fellow delegate, Yu Fuling, said she spent more than 3,000 yuan ($475) for a hot-pink jacket with green embroidery.
“You see a lot of bright hues of red, yellow and green from the delegates,'' Wu said in an interview. “This is such an important meeting that we want to host it in a happy, joyful mood, as the Chinese tradition goes.''
Even if their power is limited, the delegates are successful and influential in their fields or communities. They typically know little about China's politics. Communists all, they are nominated by local party offices. Party personnel officers vet their qualifications and sound out colleagues to evaluate their reputations.
Delegates are tasked with studying Hu's speech _ a long-prepared report summarizing progress and outlining an agenda _ so they can share it with local party members. They attend presentations showcasing China's achievements under the party's leadership, and hold sessions
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