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THE WEEK AHEAD

BEIJING : Endorsing Capitalist Course

March 17, 1992

China's nominal Parliament, the National People's Congress, opens an annual session Friday at which it is expected to endorse plans for an acceleration of China's market-oriented economic reforms.

Also due for discussion are plans to build a 1.6-mile-long dam across the Yangtze River at the famous Three Gorges. If built, the dam would be the world's largest hydroelectric project, creating a 350 mile-long lake and generating 18 million kilowatts of electricity.

Analysts will be watching to see if the congress approves any high-level changes, including possibly replacing hard-liners in the government ministries of culture and propaganda, and in the state-controlled media.

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