Cities Start Rescheduling ‘Two Sessions’ Meetings Postponed Due to Pandemic
What’s new: Cities in China have begun scheduling this year’s annual sessions of their legislatures and political advisory bodies, after the now-abating Covid-19 pandemic forced the meetings to be postponed nationwide.
Many cities in provinces including Zhejiang, Shanxi and Sichuan have now scheduled the openings of their regional “Two Sessions” in mid-to-late April.
China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) will also hold an on-site meeting again, as the 17th session of the standing committee of the 13th NPC will be held from April 26 to April 29 in Beijing.
What’s the background: The annual plenary sessions of the NPC and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which were initially set to open in March, have been postponed due to the pandemic. Policymakers have not yet made public the timetables of the sessions. Many regional Two Sessions had also been delayed.
At the national Two Sessions, legislators and advisors discuss the policy agenda for the year, including annual economic targets. Because the sessions have been postponed, policymakers have not made public the country’s 2020 economic targets.
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