How The National People’s Congress of China Functions For The Masses


The National People’s Congress of China is set to host yet another yearly session for the country’s legislature. The entire pageant, which is a carefully concoction of authority, transparency and responsiveness is meant to showcase where the priorities of the government lie, if not its ability to wield its powers as something more than just a figurehead it seems to be. The meeting will take place on Saturday at Beijing and will be attended by more than 3000 delegates, including the current president, Xi Jinping, who heads the Chinese Communist party. Though there will be unrest among the attendees, the leadership will go unchallenged by the NPC.

While the power may rest with the Communist party, votes of opposition are taken into careful considerable, no matter how small the number as this will force reconsiderations or delays of the ruling party’s proposal. Among the topics in the works this year, the military budget for the forthcoming year, which includes the percentage increase of army personnel and military funded projects, five year plans and more importantly, putting an end to China’s one child policy are to be discussed. While a majority of the proceedings is scripted, there is always a chance for random journalist questions to ruffle a few feathers and cause confusion.

Delegates not of the ruling party, such as the NPC, also have the right to put forth their proposals. Though there is a smaller chance of it becoming part of the legislature, these suggestions can provide insight certain regions or industries. With China completing its current five year plan, several pieces of legislature are expected to come into effect. However, unlike western countries, there will be no boisterous uproar as the details are minutely scrutinized and approved years in advance. China’s economic statistics, including growth and debt, are also discussed. The full details of the meeting will be available in the annual report.