China's ruling Communist Party launched a week-long meeting to launch a carefully choreographed, once-in-a-decade transfer of power to a new crop of leaders over the next five months. President Hu Jintao (pictured), who is preparing to step aside after 10 years on the job, urged his colleagues to stamp out corruption, which has triggered public anger at the government. "Nobody is above the law," Hu told 2,309 delegates and invited guests, as well as his successor, Vice President Xi Jinping, and other party notables. "If we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the party, and even cause the collapse of the party and the fall of the state."
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