It is easy to dismiss the annual session of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), as a rubber-stamp occasion that produces nothing new. True to form, this year’s session, which ended on Monday, contained no surprises. But that is the point. By the NPC’s confirmation of what had been suggested or inferred over the past year, the leadership has in effect validated its development roadmap now that China has recovered from the downturn of 2008.
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