Every March, thousands of “people’s representatives” descend on Beijing to attend the liang-hui (or “double meeting”) sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC). Formally, these sessions are the pinnacle of decision-making in the People’s Republic of China and key pillars for the ruling regime’s claim to popular legitimacy.
In practice, a far more powerful conclave, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) plenum, sets out the political agenda several months in advance. For their part, China’s indirectly elected legislatures rarely challenge positions laid out by the government. Indeed, only 14 of the 2,843 NPC representatives objected to the 2017 annual government work report, the lowest dissent rate in over a decade.… Seguir leyendo »