8 November 2012
Last updated at 07:45
Some 2,000 delegates are attending China's Communist Party congress in Beijing - which this year will see a once-in-a-decade power transfer.
Held in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, the congress will last a week and will be keenly observed for any indications of the leadership's future plans.
President Hu Jintao opened what is likely to be his last congress in charge of the governing Communist Party by warning that corruption remains a serious challenge.
Next week, Mr Hu is expected to give up his role as party chief in favour of the man thought to be China's leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping.
During the congress, which draws party representatives from across China, a new central committee is selected. It then chooses the country's highest decision-making body, the Standing Committee of the Politburo.
Security is tight around the Great Hall and across the capital, with more than 1.4 million volunteers have been brought in to help out with security.
Transport restrictions are in place, street vendors have been told to close and even the flying of kites has reportedly been banned.
While attendants smiled for photos outside the Great Hall, Rights group Amnesty International says more than 130 political dissidents have been unlawfully detained or placed under house arrest in the run-up to the meeting.
Tackling official corruption is one issue being discussed at the congress. Other issues on the agenda include China's slowing economic growth, the country's wealth gap and ageing population.