A woman takes a ‘selfie’ near a portrait of Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where the 12th National People’s Congress gets under way in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China’s National People’s Congress gets under way on Thursday and the annual talking shop is set to approve a 10 per cent increase in the defence budg(...)

Delegates representing ethnic minorities leave the Great Hall of the People after attending the sessions of National People’s Congress in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Delegates in the red-draped Great Hall of the People in central Beijing for China’s tightly choreographed annual parliament, the National Peopl(...)