Two Sessions in history
2018-03-04 11:25:00

China’s political season has arrived. Every year in March, two plenary meetings are held in Beijing, collectively known as the “Two Sessions” or Lianghui.They make up the biggest annual political event in the country, pushing forward the development of China. But where exactly did the idea of Lianghui originate?

It all started 69 years ago, when the first Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, known today as China’s top advisory body, was held. Some 662 representatives from all walks of life attended the meeting, during which the founding of the People’s Republic of China was proclaimed. Beijing was made the capital of the PRC, the five-star red flag was designated as the national flag, and the March of the Volunteers was declared the national anthem – all at the same session.

The first session of the first CPPCC is held in Beijing from Sept. 21 to 30, 1949. /Xinhua Photo

However, the second meeting that makes up the Two Sessions would not take place until five years later.

In 1954, the first National People’s Congress, or the top legislative body in China, was held. Deputies voted to pass the Constitution of the People's Republic of China.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram