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China's tea party

China's National People's Congress is not renowned for dramatic speeches or vigorous debate — the highlight Friday was a far-from-headline-grabbing reaffirmation that the government will not deviate from its socialist path.

At times this week, the annual session of China's parliament has seemed like one big yawn for the 3,000 hand-picked delegates. But as they settle in for the next plenary meeting, they can at least be assured that there are gallons of tea to sustain them in the days ahead.

Read more about the Congress in The Economist and at Time's Global Spin blog.