BBC, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Guardian all refused access to unveiling of new politburo

China has trumpeted this week’s pomp-filled Communist party congress as an example of its increasing openness and transparency.

But a number of major western news organisations whose coverage has irked Beijing were excluded from Xi Jinping’s unveiling of China’s new ruling council on Wednesday – in some cases for the first time in more than two decades.

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