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Letzte Aktualisierung: March 9, 2022

The two sessions: Do not rock the boat in the middle of a storm

By Bjoern Conrad, Tiffany Wong and Ban Yin
At the so-called "two sessions", China's National People's Congress wants to prove that the People's Republic will not allow itself to be swayed off its long-term course, despite a turbulent global situation. The challenges are numerous. And so are the contradictions in domestic and foreign policy.
It seems like an impossible task. This year, with the all-important 20th Party Congress approaching, it is crucial for the “Two Sessions” to convey a sense of calm and stability, reassuring the country that China is on a clear course into the future. There could hardly be a more difficult time to achieve this goal. Domestically, China’s government is facing the challenges of its strict No-COVID policy. Abroad, China’s leadership is trying to balance its conflicting interests in the war in Ukraine, resulting in a meandering positioning. Not ideal circumstances for conveying confidence and serenity. 
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