BEIJING, March 4 (INP) :China’ s top legislative bodies, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC) began their annual meeting here on Thursday with a heavy agenda of national development.
The two Houses will wrap up on March 11. The annual gatherings of CPPCC and NPC are a window on the central government’s priorities and plans for the coming year, according to Gwadar Pro.
Members will discuss issues ranging from economics and religion to sport, health and foreign affairs.
Various committees will then put together proposals for the government to consider.
One of NPC’s tasks this year is to pass the final version of China’s 14th five-year plan, which gives the leadership a chance to outline longer-term priorities.
Notably, the latest five-year plan will be the first to dedicate a specific chapter to technology, framing self-sufficiency in technology as a major pillar of China’s economic development and marking a shift in priorities towards industrial and national security as well as reduced tech imports.
Much attention is also expected to be paid to the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an international cooperation platform for common development that has brought tangible benefits to many other countries since 2013.
The 14th five-year plan will also be instructive for China’s future environmental policies.
Experts worldwide are following closely China’s annual Two Sessions, a window to help them understand where the world’s second largest economy is heading and what it means to the world.
The upcoming two sessions would be an important event to brainstorm new ideas which would further promote the prosperity and development of China and bring the nation a step closer to achieving its two centenary goals.