The eve before the 'Two Sessions'...
‘Two sessions’ are the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)
The meetings will be kicked off tomorrow (March 4) in Beijing and will lay out major policies involving the economy, trade, diplomacy, the environment and society for coming year and longer term.
Expected key words of this year's sessions : stability, security and legislation
Faced with multiple challenges such as a highly unstable and dreadful international environment along with potential global economic instability, the pandemic status and social challenges such as an aging population and women's rights, we might expect a general focus on domestic stability and security, both on economic growth and social stability.
The dual circulation strategy might be a focus in terms of increasing self-sufficiency and more measures and budgets to protect from international (negative) influences, either economically, politically or militarily looking at at the unstable global environment. While on the other hand implementing more new policies for opening up the market, though selectively and dependent on the international environment.
Further legislation and policy developments can be expected on social issues and business regulations.
The COVID strategy will get attention in how to move forward in this year.
About the role and position of China in the world, it will be interesting to see the drafts but the importance of China's sovereignty will likely be a major focus. And furthermore about the balance of China's role in global diplomacy in coming year.
Also interesting will be to see the policies on environment, infrastructure and digitization.
The Two Sessions are an important indicator for China's roadmap, both domestically and globally.
The opening of this year's Two Sessions coincide the opening of the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing.
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