China’s Two Sessions Begins in Beijing

China’s Two Sessions, the concurrent meeting of both the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC), will begin today in Beijing. The Two Sessions occur every year when the CPPCC and the NPC meet during a two-week time period to set China’s policy objectives for the year.

Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier, as well as several senior justice officials will present their reports to the NPC, which will then be discussed by both.

The topics that will be on the Session’s agenda include the economy, youth unemployment, Taiwan, foreign policy, and recommendations regarding the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

However, Xi will likely use the meeting to show he continues to exert control over the party and state agencies and that the purges did not adversely affect his power.