Socialist democracy, that is. Each year, soon after I arrive in Beijing and the National People’s Congress (NPC), the top legislative body, and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) meet for their annual sessions. The shorthand is simply ‘the two sessions’. If you would to find out a little bit more about how this part of the Chinese political system works, you can watch the four-minute video here: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-03/05/c_135157060.htm

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