Two sessions may be delayed
Two sessions, China's biggest annual political event, may be postponed this year, as more focused efforts are needed at the moment to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The term two sessions refers to the annual plenary sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC), the nation's top legislature, and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body.
Usually, the CPPCC National Committee starts its annual gathering on March 3, and the NPC on March 5.
At the upcoming bi-monthly session of the NPC Standing Committee, which will kick off on Feb 24, members will discuss a draft proposal to postpone the third plenary session of the 13th NPC, according to a meeting of NPC Standing Committee chairs held on Monday in Beijing.
The chairpersons of the CPPCC National Committee also held a meeting on Monday, at which they discussed delaying the third plenary session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, according to a report by China Central Television.