China legislature meets to set tone for global role in post-pandemic world
This is the first in a series of 10 stories examining the issues Chinese leaders face as they gather for their annual “two sessions” of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference this week. This story looks at how Beijing is preparing for a post-Covid-19 world.
Thousands of delegates to China’s legislature will gather in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday as the ruling Communist Party battles to meet the social and economic targets set before the coronavirus pandemic led to the country’s first economic contraction in decades.
The annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference were themselves delayed from their usual date in March for the first time in more than two decades as the Covid-19 disease spread.