China's National People's Congress Holds Final Meeting

China is closing its last parliament session before a leadership change.

The Fourth Session of the 11th National People's Congress holds its closing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 14, 2011

China is closing its last parliament session before a leadership change.

Premier Wen Jiabao opened the session last week with a speech that cut economic growth target and addressed land and military issues.

Lawmakers will vote on government work reports, budgets and amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law that sets out police powers to detain dissidents.

Mr Wen will take questions from both domestic and foreign journalists after the meeting.

This is the last National People's Congress before a leadership transition begins later this year.

The once-in-a-decade transfer of power will begin in October. Vice-President Xi Jinping is widely expected to take over the party leadership from President Hu Jintao.

Behind the scenes of this session senior officials will be jockeying for power, say correspondents, but the Communist party will be determined to keep any divisions within its ruling elite behind closed doors.