FAST FIVE: "Two Sessions" 2021: 5 Things You Need To Know About China's Biggest Political Gathering

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Known as the “two sessions”, or lianghui, the annual gatherings of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People's Congress (NPC) are a window on the central government's priorities and plans for the coming year.

This year, they will begin their meetings on March 5.

Strict Covid-19 control measures will remain in place Last year, at the height of China's fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Beijing postponed the two sessions from March to May and imposed strict disease controls on those attending.Beijing has since declared victory over the pandemic, but the country still faces sporadic outbreaks.

Delegates wearing face masks attend the opening of the third plenary session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, China, on 21 May 2020.

This will be a blueprint for the next 15 years, harking back to the start of the era of reform and opening up under Deng Xiaoping four decades ago.

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