I've read it in a news report, "Little if any news will be released during the event(China reform summit), but official news agency Xinhua traditionally issues a dispatch on the last day."

Well, I guess I know what every character means, but I still don't get the idea. The whole report: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/china-communist-party-kicks-off-reform-summit-201311983528568573.html The sentence is in the forth paragraph.

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What it means is:

'Little news will be released during the event, indeed there may not be any released at all, until.....'

All that is abbreviated to 'Little, if any, news will be released during the event, until....'

The phrase 'little, if any' is very widely used in English, especially at the start of sentences.

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