China kicks off its big annual political gathering with economy and security as axes

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference – Thanks: @GREG BAKER

BEIJING.- Called the big annual Chinese political gathering “Two Sessions” It started in Beijing this Monday afternoon in the presence of the President Xi Jinping and against the backdrop of the Great Asian Depression.

Two sessions are made up of meetings Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)A consultative meeting held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing from Monday to Sunday, and Session of the National People's Congress (APN), Parliament is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and conclude its work on Monday, March 11.

Security was beefed up on the streets of the capital as thousands of delegates and delegates attended their respective meetings.

Opening meeting of the second session of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative ConferenceOpening meeting of the second session of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

Opening Meeting of the Second Session of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference – Thank you: @[e]Li H

The Economics will take up a good portion of the discussionsAt a time when Asia's great recovery is hampered by the real estate crisis, Record unemployment and stagnant consumption among the youth.

“The employment of young people, especially the employment of young graduates, is of great concern,” Liu Jieyi, a spokesperson for the CCPPC, said on Sunday.

China announced Economic growth last year was 5.2%, one of the slowest rates in decadesMeanwhile he Youth unemployment is officially at 15% by the end of 2023.

Tuesday, Chinese government unveils GDP growth target.

Chinese leaders “Full confidence” in long-term growth prospects of world's second-largest economyNational People's Congress spokesman Lu Qingjian said on Monday.

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The annual meeting of the CCPPC is a consultative committee representing political organizations affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), religious or ethnic minorities, and the activities of various departments. It's less important than the NPC crowd.

Representatives of ethnic minorities attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative ConferenceRepresentatives of ethnic minorities attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

Representatives from ethnic minorities attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference – Thanks: @Andy Wong

The annual session of the Chinese Parliament is underway Emphasize the unity of the country, the almost unanimous vote of nearly 3,000 delegates. However, in practice, power is limited to nearly 3,000 members of parliament. The most important decisions have already been taken by the PCC.

Surprisingly, China canceled one of the most followed events in its economic and political calendar this year. PM's press conference after Parliament sessionA measure that some observers consider a A sign of growing withdrawal and centralized control of the country.

This move appears to be in line with a decline in the power of the Prime Minister and the government bureaucracy in general. The Communist Party and President Xi Jinping are centralizing the country's affairssaid Alfred Wu, associate professor at the National University of Singapore.

“Since construction is now run by the party, the prime minister is the executor of the party's orders, so he is no longer so important,” he said. “This is important news.”

Three decades into China's opening up, the conference gave foreign investors and governments insight into how Chinese policymakers view the challenges of running what is now the world's second-largest economy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang prepare to leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, March 4, 2024. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang prepare to leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, March 4, 2024.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang prepare to leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, March 4, 2024. – Thanks to: @Ng Han Guan

On Monday, the spokesperson announced that the Prime Minister, Li QiangReporters could not be briefed at the conclusion of this year's parliamentary session, which begins Tuesday in Beijing.

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Also, except in special circumstances, Li will not hold such annual press conferences for the remainder of China's parliamentary term, which ends in 2027.National People's Congress spokesman Lu Qingjian said.

Since 1993, Chinese premiers have met with the media after the annual session of parliament and answered questions from local and foreign journalists in press conferences broadcast live around the world. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, China actively sought to clarify its policy to attract foreign investment and increase trade.

“China was moving towards an era of transparency. “It is now heading towards an era of isolation, as evidenced by the cancellation of the Prime Minister's press conference.”Chen Taoyin, an independent political commentator who taught at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, made the analysis.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, March 4, 2024.Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, March 4, 2024.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, March 4, 2024. – Thanks to: @Ng Han Guan

Lu explained that the prime minister's press conference was canceled because government ministers were to give more briefings on diplomacy, the economy and people's livelihoods during the week-long parliamentary session.

Prime Minister's annual press conference It was the highlight of the Parliament meetingBecause, as the head of the Council of State and primarily responsible for economic policy, he was considered to have more power and perspective than cabinet ministers.

Although prime ministers generally follow the Communist Party line, some in the past have used the press conference to express different views.

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Chinese military officers leave the Great Hall of the People after attending a preparatory session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Monday, March 4, 2024. Chinese military officers leave the Great Hall of the People after attending a preparatory session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Monday, March 4, 2024.

Chinese military officers leave the Great Hall of the People after attending a preparatory session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Monday, March 4, 2024. – Thanks to: @Andy Wong

No major measures will be announced to restart the economyDespite the fact that experts consider them necessary.

“I don't expect major changes in policy such as important structural reforms that will change the economic trajectory,” Lynette Ong, a professor at the University of Toronto, told AFP. “Safety will be prioritized”He insisted.

China will announce on Tuesday A new increase in its military budgetIt has been increasing for decades.

Last year, Beijing broadened its definition of espionage to include anything and ordered the crackdown of several foreign consulting, auditing and investigative agencies.

U.S. President Joe Biden greets Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Week on November 15, 2023 in Woodside, California.US President Joe Biden greets Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Week in Woodside, California on November 15, 2023.

US President Joe Biden greets Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Week in Woodside, California on November 15, 2023. – Thanks to: @BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

China's foreign policy is another hot topic, a look ahead to the US presidential election in November. Relations between the two countries have deteriorated significantly over the past few years.

“No matter who the president is, we believe that the United States can work in the same direction as China for a stable, healthy and lasting Sino-US relationship.”Voice Lou Qinjian announced.

Agencies AFP and Reuters

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