Over 180 Hong Kong members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference will fly to Beijing on Thursday for "two sessions", the state’s top annual parliamentary meetings which were scheduled on March 4 and held by the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Multiple Hong Kong members have arrived at the local airport this morning to board for their visit, including former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, former World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, former police chief Andy Tsang Wai-hung, business tycoon Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, lawmaker Leung Che-cheung and actor Donnie Yen Ji-dan.
Although this year will mark the first time that China drops the Covid
restrictions after the three-year pandemic, members will still be required to join the meetings in closed-loop management.
"The arrangements of last year will stay to ensure the security and hygiene conditions as two sessions will gather the top leaders of the country," said Lau Siu-kai, a consultant for the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies.
He added issues about Hong Kong would not be focused especially on the two sessions as the top spot would be given to the reshuffle of the top government leader posts including the state’s premier and the deputy, chief of NPC and CPPCC.