Unprecedented Move: China's 'Two Sessions' Cancels Premier's Press Conference


This year, after the conclusion of China's "Two Sessions", a tradition spanning over "30 years" has been broken: the cancellation of the Premier's post-session press conference. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, this press conference will not be held in the coming years.

Since 1993, the Chinese Premier has traditionally held an annual press conference after the conclusion of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) sessions. This event garnered high attention from the international community, allowing journalists to question top leadership on policies and discuss national affairs in a public forum. However, this year, the much-anticipated event was unexpectedly canceled.

The term "Two Sessions" refers to the combined annual meetings of the National People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which have been held since 1959.

According to foreign media reports, this decision not only highlights Chinese leader Xi Jinping's move toward a more opaque and less transparent political system but also serves to diminish the visibility of the Chinese Premier, strengthening Xi's own position of centralized power and superiority.