Politics Watch: US-China Trade War a ‘Deathtrap’ for CCP Politics

Li Zhanshu, the head of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and third-ranking Politburo Standing Committee member, said during a July 16 meeting of the NPC’s Leading Party Members’ Group that officials must uphold the “paramount authority,” or “ding yu yi zun” (“the highest authority settles the question”) of “core leader” Xi Jinping. Li’s choice of …

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Full Marks: Our Predictions for China President, Vice President, NPC Chairman

On March 17, the 13th National People’s Congress elected China’s president and vice president; the legislature chairman, vice chairs, and secretary-general; and the state Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman and vice chairs. Xi Jinping was formally named president and CMC chairman for a second term. (On why Xi dropped the presidential term limits, check out our …

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Politics Watch: Decoding the State Council Institutional Reforms

The 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) deliberated a plan to reform State Council institutions on March 13. According to remarks by Chinese premier Li Keqiang, there will be 26 ministerial and vice-ministerial agencies (not including the State Council General Office) under the post-reform State Council. Some of the more noteworthy changes include: 1. Merging taxation agencies …

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Personnel Watch: An Updated Two Sessions Forecast

On March 13, the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) deliberated a plan to reform State Council institutions. According to the plan, ministerial-level government agencies under the State Council will be reduced by eight, while vice ministerial-level agencies will be reduced by seven. There are now 26 ministerial and vice ministerial-level agencies under the State Council, …

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Politics Watch: Decoding the PLA’s Endorsement of Constitutional Changes

On March 7, the military delegation to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) session publicly endorsed the amendments to the state constitution that were proposed at the Central Committee’s Second Plenum. On March 8, NPC delegates at the second meeting of the 13th NPC’s first session reviewed and deliberated a draft of the proposed constitutional …

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Politics Watch: Decoding Wang Qishan’s Seating at the National People’s Congress Session

Wang Qishan, the former anti-corruption chief, is listed among the 190 members of the 13th National People’s Congress presidium, according to the official name list released on March 4.   On China Central Television’s Xinwen Lianbo news program of the 13th NPC’s first session on March 4, a shot of the Politburo Standing Committee revealed …

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Personnel Watch: We Correctly Predicted the National People’s Congress Leadership

At the preparatory meeting for the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress on March 4, outgoing NPC chairman Zhang Dejiang handed over office to new Politburo Standing Committee member Li Zhanshu. Ten NPC executive chairmen were also elected. Our take: 1. Nine of the 13 NPC leaders we forecasted on Feb. 18 were confirmed …

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Politics Watch: Why the 2018 National People’s Congress First Session is 3 Days Longer than the 2013 Edition

On March 4, state media announced that the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress would be held from March 5 to March 20, or a period of 15 and a half days. This means that 13th NPC’s first session is three days longer than the 12th NPC’s first session. Our take: The official …

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Politics Watch: Decoding Insider Intel on Changes to the National People’s Congress Meeting at the Two Sessions

We recently learned from sources inside the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) about two changes to the first session of the new National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Two Sessions: 1. On the agenda are “exploratory discussions” (“yun niang”) about personnel issues. 2. The NPC meeting could be extended three days past the regular schedule, or …

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Politics Watch: Decoding the Third Plenum Communique

Chinese state media released a communique on the Chinese Communist Party 19th Central Committee’s third plenary session discussions on Feb. 28. After deliberations at the Third Plenum (Feb. 26 to Feb. 28), the Central Committee: 1. Settled on a list of candidates for top state jobs and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. 2. Adopted …

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