And behind the curtain is... Photo: Reuters
And behind the curtain is... Photo: Reuters


The CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping as the core
The two sessions are the first high-profile national political events held since President Xi Jinping was endorsed as the core of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee at a key CPC meeting last October.

Fulfill the 13th Five-Year Plan in time
China is striving for full implementation of its 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), a fundamental element to ensure the nation reaches its goal of becoming a well-off society.

Growth target
Premier Li Keqiang confirmed the widely reported target for 2017 of 6.5% on Sunday, setting out the government’s work report at the NPC.

Supply-side structural reform
The country will comprehensively deepen supply-side structural reform and make it a key task in agriculture in 2017. China aims for tangible progress in key reform tasks such as cutting overcapacity.

19th National Congress of the CPC
The 19th CPC National Congress to be held late this year will elect new Party leadership. The two sessions will be seen as a platform of preparation for the congress.

Draft general provisions of civil law
NPC deputies will review the draft general provisions of China’s civil law, a significant item to watch because of its for protecting civil rights.

At a time when calls for protectionism runs high around the world, China has been promoting globalization of the economy in a spirit of openness and inclusiveness.

One Belt, One Road
The Belt and Road initiative, put forward by Xi Jinping in 2013, has won the participation of dozens of countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau
People also expect signals on cross-Strait ties and the development of Hong Kong and Macau. This month, Hong Kong will elect a new chief executive and mark the 20th anniversary of its return to China.

China will strive to maintain good, win-win relations with the United States under the Trump administration. After hosting the G20 summit last year, China will host the Belt and Road forum for international cooperation and the ninth BRICS leaders’ summit this year.

National defense
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army. Resisting the urge to counter Donald Trump’s call for a big bump in US defense spending, China has said its military budget will grow at slowest pace in six years.