Thousands of Communist Party members have arrived in Beijing for the start of the much-anticipated session of the Communist Party’s highest legislative body.
The National People’s Congress is due to open on Saturday and is expected to continue for about two weeks as delegates ratify the personnel reshuffle.
The legislative meeting – an annual event commonly referred to as “two sessions” – is expected to see major shake-up at the top levels of the party leadership.
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President Xi Jinping, who has already been reappointed for another term as General Secretary of the CCP and Chairman of the Military Commission, is also expected to be approved for his third presidential term.
The three titles are traditionally held together by the leader of the nation.
Policy announcements and leadership elections will indicate China’s political direction for the next five years.
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The People’s Republic of China is a one-party socialist republic governed entirely by the Chinese Communist Party.
Political representatives are elected at the local level, but the public does not have input on national level appointments.
China has seen increased tensions within the international community due to its continued support of ally Russia amid its subsequent invasion of Ukraine.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week criticized the Chinese government for claiming to support a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine amid reports China is considering providing lethal aid to its ally.
mao Blinken’s comment dismissedcalling the allegations hypocritical because the US continues to fund the Ukrainian military to repel Russian invading forces.
Mao said, “The US is pouring lethal weapons onto the battlefield in Ukraine, fanning the flames and spreading misinformation. We are firmly against it.”
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Mao further said, “America should consider itself, stop sowing confusion, stop trying to mislead the world, and stop making assumptions about others based on America’s own behavior. Need to help shoulder the responsibility, reduce stress.” And stop promoting dialogue and pointing fingers at other countries and defaming them.”
China has also come under scrutiny as US government agencies begin to take more seriously the “lab leak” theory about the source of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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