A review of the work performed over the past few years by the National People’s Congress and its Standing Committee—the body that “turns the party’s propositions into the will of the state”—can provide a clear synopsis of the Chinese Communist Party’s governance priorities. It also confirms the importance of two major Chinese Communist Party objectives: addressing traditional and non-traditional national security challenges as well as boosting citizens’ identification of the Chinese Communist Party’s ideological narratives. In addition, it reveals the enhanced role of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee in the process of authorizing pilot governance reforms.
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The National People’s Congress in 2017: Security, Ideology, and Experimentation