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CPPCC session shortened over anti-virus measures

CHINA’S top political advisory body will open its annual session today, returning to its traditional March schedule after last year’s session was postponed to May due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

But the fourth session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference will be shortened for the second year in a row over epidemic control requirements, a spokesperson said yesterday.

This year’s session will last six and a half days, instead of about 10 days for sessions before 2020, Guo Weimin, spokesperson for the session, said.

The fourth session of the 13th National People’s Congress is scheduled to open tomorrow and lawmakers and political advisors are gathering in Beijing for the two sessions.

Successful practices including streamlining the process and holding events both online and offline during last year’s session will be adopted to improve the efficiency and quality of the session this year, Guo said.

Other than the opening and closing meetings, there will be two plenary meetings and six group meetings during the session, Guo said, noting that one of the plenary meetings will be held via video link. All the preparations for the session have been completed, he said.

Discussions on the draft outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan and the long-range objectives through the year 2035 will be high on the agenda at this year’s session, said Guo.

During the session, political advisors will hear and deliberate a report on the work of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee and a report on how the proposals from political advisors have been handled.

The political advisors will also sit in on the NPC session as non-voting participants, hearing and discussing reports including a government work report.

Foreign diplomatic envoys to China will be invited to observe the opening and closing meetings of the session, Guo added.


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