16 April 2020

ThinkChina Analysis: After the Mask

As a consequence of the lockdown under the COVID 19 epidemic, the annual meetings of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), also known as the Two Meetings (lianghui 两会), were postponed from early March until further notice. In this analysis Professor Jørgen Delman focuses on the potential topics that could be addressed at the next session. The Chinese leadership, not least Xi Jinping himself, has been challenged by monumental political crises last year and early this year and there has been a lot of criticism within and outside China of the authoritarian turn under Xi Jinping. It is evident however, that the propaganda apparatus in China is doing its utmost to portray Xi as the wise and sacrosanct leader who can stand up to any test and steer China safely through the storms.

It is therefore anticipated that the Two Meetings, especially the NPC session, will abstain from criticism and laud Xi Jinping and the Party’s leadership for their efforts and success in addressing all these crises and in maintaining a healthy economic growth rate and social and political stability.

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