Curtain rises on China's biggest political theatre

Security beefed up as top advisers plan for year ahead amid tough challenges

Paramilitary policemen waiting with a security dog outside the media centre for the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress in Beijing yesterday.
Paramilitary policemen waiting with a security dog outside the media centre for the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress in Beijing yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS

Beijing is on high alert for its biggest annual political gathering where more than 5,000 of its top lawmakers, business leaders and celebrities meet to take stock of the past year and make plans for the year ahead.

In a year peppered with significant and sensitive anniversaries, security around the meeting venue, hotels and historic sites in the Chinese capital is expected to be heightened.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2019, with the headline 'Curtain rises on China's biggest political theatre'. Print Edition | Subscribe