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China postpones key political meeting because of virus

BEIJING (AP) -- China says it is postponing its most important political meeting of the year because of the outbreak of the new virus.

The move indicates the importance that President Xi Jinping places on the battle against the virus, which has killed more than 2,500 people and sickened more than 77,000 in mainland China. The outbreak has posed one of the biggest political challenges to Xi's administration since he took control of the ruling party in 2012.

The annual meeting of the National People's Congress and its chief advisory body usually begins about March 5, bringing thousands of delegates to Beijing.

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