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Mom delegate takes baby to national congress

Xinhua)  08:57, November 14, 2012

Jiang Min, a delegate to the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), takes a call at her hotel room while a nanny helps her to take care of the baby in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 13, 2012.(Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Jiang, whose son is four and a half months old, is a police officer in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. She was honored after the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 for her heroic deeds: fainting over fatigue many times while burying the sorrow of losing 10 family members in the quake. Jiang was informed in May, when she was pregnant, that she was elected delegate to the CPC national congress. She was thrilled with joy at first, and then became worried -- her baby might not get breast milk for nearly 10 days. Jiang lost her daughter in the 2008 earthquake. The son is her family's new hope. Jiang, anyhow, decided to have a try to take the son with her, asking the national congress logistics whether she could take the baby with her. She was okayed in two days, becoming a "special delegate." After the congress opened on Thursday, Jiang fed the baby before the meetings in the morning and at midday breaks, and handed over the baby to family member, before rushing to the meetings in the afternoon. It was usually late at night when she put the baby to bed. She reviewed the political report to the congress, a blueprint for the Party and the country in the years to come, and prepared for her possible speeches at discussions. Because of the baby, Jiang slept only five or six hours a day. Although tired, she was glad to be with the baby.

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