National People's Congress (NPC)

National People's Congress (NPC)

Latest news and updates about the National People's Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature. It holds one full session annually to vote on new laws and amendments, and review government’s work and pol

icies. The NPC has about 3,000 members who are elected for five-year terms. 

Hong Kong lawmakers disqualified after a Beijing resolution
Four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers have been disqualified with immediate effect after China’s top legislative body passed a resolution giving local authorities the power to unseat politicians without having to go through the city’s judicial system. The legislators unseated on Wednesday were Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Dennis Kwok, Kenneth Leung and Kwok Ka-ki, all members of the pro-democracy bloc. They had previously been banned from running in the 2020 legislative elections before the polls were postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  A stipulation from China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), said that lawmakers would immedia
Meet hip hop economist Big Daddy Dough
Premier Li Keqiang says China's economy is still going gangbusters. He told delegates at the opening of the National People's Congress that China's economy will grow at a robust 6.5% this year. That's compared to 6.9% in 2017. For a dramatically different take on the world's second-largest economy, inkstone has asked rapper Big Daddy Dough, also known as Andrew Dougherty, for his view.  By day, he’s an economist in Hong Kong. By night he spits bars.  Video shot and edited by Zoe Chen  
Everything you always wanted to know about China's legislative meetings (but were too afraid to ask)
Every March, about 5,000 members of China’s political elite head to Beijing’s Great Hall of the People for a series of key annual meetings.  The meeting of the top political advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), kicked off over the weekend, while China's parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), began their meeting on Monday. These carefully scripted events are often characterized as rubber-stamp exercises, but they also offer insight on government priorities – and even allow for a certain amount of policy debate.  This year, lawmakers are expected to approve a crucial, surprising constitutional change: abolishing term limits for the offices o