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China's Incoming Leader Bans Extravagant Banquets

China's incoming president Xi Jinping wants to be seen as a man of the people. So for this year's opening of parliament he has banned extravagant banquets, gifts and flowers in delegates' rooms.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. China's incoming president wants to be seen as a man of the people. And he seems to know what the people don't want from their politicians. So for this year's opening of parliament, the president has banned extravagant banquets, gifts, flowers in rooms.

And in a parliament filled with hand-picked delegates used to launching to endless praise of the party, also banned are long-winded speeches; plus, empty talk is discouraged.

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