◎ The plenary session after the Two Sessions in the year after a Party Congress typically focuses on the economy.
◎ Yang Jiechi would visit South Africa from March 23 to March 24.
◎ On March 21, Chinese state media published the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) plan for reforming its Party and state institutions.
◎ Yang Jiechi, a new Politburo member and former state councilor, was not assigned any state office at the Two Sessions.
◎ On March 19, the 13th National People’s Congress elected new vice premiers, state councilors, ministers, committee heads, and key central bank appointees.
◎ The appointment of Yang Xiaodu as National Supervision Commission director shocked many observers.
◎ We correctly picked 12 of the 15 officials who were newly elected to the NPC leadership.
◎ To rookie and veteran observers, the fate of Wang Qishan is perhaps one of the more perplexing developments in recent CCP politics.