he annual political event known as the “Two Sessions” has now kicked off in Beijing. If you are unfamiliar with what these parliamentary meetings are all about, not to worry, China’s official Xinhua news agency has employed some foreigners to help explain them to you.
First comes correspondent Colin Linneweber who gives a view of “Chinese democracy in the eyes of an American,” reading out sentences like “It’s widely acknowledged that a key to China’s success is its system of democracy” and “The people as masters of the country is the essence and core of socialist democracy.”
Next up, two foreign correspondents, Katie Capstick and Roisin Timmins participate in a “Two Sessions fun facts quiz” where Capstick fawns that asking Premier Li Keqiang questions at a press conference would be a “journalist’s dream” and Timmins smoothly mentions China’s goal of “building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.”
While Chinese state media always lays the propaganda on thick during the annual “Two Sessions,” it appears that this year there will be an increased emphasis on foreign faces spouting the party line, as well as AI ones.