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Spring 2012 | NPC and CPPCC
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 The annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) began in China’s Great Hall of the People on March 3, 2012 and concluded on March 14. Referred to as the lianghui (Two Meetings), the event is a gathering of China’s two national legislative bodies. The CPPCC debates policy and offers advice, while the NPC passes major legislation, and approves the national budget and government work plan for the coming year.