Annual sessions to be held virtually

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BEIJING: Leading officials of China’s cabinet departments are usually required to sit in on meetings during the country’s annual national legislative and political advisory sessions as non-voting participants. But this year, amid regularized measures to prevent COVID-19, they are told to teleconference.
A State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiangsaid considering the special circumstances at present, it is necessary to innovate the ways government officials hear comments and suggestions.
By using video links, telephones and the internet, government officials particularly want to hear the expectations of market entities and the people, said a statement issued after Wednesday’s meeting.
The National People’s Congress, the top legislature, is scheduled to open its annual session on May 22 while the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the top political advisory body, will hold its annual session starting on May 21 after being delayed for more than two months by the epidemic. – Agencies