China’s Two Sessions 2018

The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top political advisory body, held their annual meetings, known collectively as “Lianghui”, or “Two Sessions”, in Beijing this March.

This year’s Two Sessions, namely the first session of the 13th NPC and the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC, were significant as the first meetings since China unveiled its new Party leadership and proclaimed its entry into a “New Era” at the Communist Party Congress in October 2017. The gatherings were a significant first step to turn the Party’s bold vision and blueprint for this “New Era” into action: for China’s “modernization to be basically completed by 2035”, and for “China to become a great modern socialist country by 2050”.

The international community paid close attention to how developments at this year’s Two Sessions might impact their ability to do business in or with China. They were also interested in the regional and global implications of the sessions, bearing in mind China’s growing role as a regional and global power.

The following is a report on the “Two Sessions” prepared by our China government affairs experts.

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