May 22, 2020

National People's Congress: China's parliament meets for post-virus show of strength

China's National People's Congress is a key date in Beijing's choreography of politics and power. China is where the pandemic started but it's also the country that brought a large outbreak under control - with lockdown measures emulated by many other countries hit by the virus. Pro-democracy activists believe that Beijing is slowly eroding Hong Kong's judicial independence and other freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China. Despite being accused of suppressing early warnings, China insists it alerted the world of the severity of the virus in time. When the virus struck and Beijing introduced large-scale shutdowns and quarantines in late January, the economy in many parts of China ground to a halt.

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