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Dissecting China’s ‘Two Sessions’ in 2024

March 20, 2024

Every March, the ‘lianghui’ or ‘Two Sessions’ political meetings in Beijing set the scene and key directions for China’s year ahead: its intended socio-economic goals and strategies, priority sectors, key personnel appointments and foreign policy settings.  These are valuable signposts for New Zealanders following latest developments in China.  In this podcast, Director of the Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington Associate Professor Jason Young returns to distil the essential highlights of the 2024 ‘lianghui’ in discussion with our Executive Director Alistair Crozier.


01.30 Which two organisations meet during the ‘lianghui’?
09.00 Key points from the Premier’s government work report
12.00 Economic stimulus, or doing it tough?
18.00 China’s continued commitment to foreign trade
22.15 Were there any key ministerial appointments this year?
25:40 What the foreign minister said at his press conference
29.30 Main signals from the meetings for China’s year ahead
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