If China was on Facebook, its relationship status with the CPC would be: “It’s complicated.” Although the National People’s Congress is the highest organ of state power, the highest political power in China rests in the Communist Party of China (CPC), which has over 89 million members. How is this important political organization structured and how is key leadership elected?
Every year in March in China’s capital city of Beijing, two key political meetings take place: the National People’s Congress and the China People’s Political Consultative Conference. What are the roles of these two organizations in China’s governance? Why are foreign leaders and China observers watching the Two Sessions?