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Leadership: China Sets Date for the “Lianghui” (“Two Conferences”)

The “Lianghui,” or “Two Conferences,” is a common Mandarin Chinese abbreviation for the national or local People’s Congress and the national or local committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. It’s a rubber stamp process to show that representatives of the people in the country or in a local region have reviewed and approved of the work of the central or local government and they make decisions on the personnel in the committees of the People’s Congress and the People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Traditionally, the national level of the “lianghui” takes places in Beijing in early March, with each conference running for over ten days. However, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Beijing postponed it.

On April 29, Beijing announced it would hold the National People’s Congress on May 22 and the National People’s Political Consultative Conference on May 21. The duration of each conference will be shortened, but the details have not been announced.

The local “lianghui,” mainly the municipal level and then the provincial level of the two conferences should take place before the national conferences. Some provinces have completed their meetings already, including Hubei Province which met in the middle of January. Other local governments will probably need to hold their conferences soon.

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Source: BBC, April 29, 2020