For the first time since 1993, the Chinese premier’s press conference is canceled

The premier’s post-parliament news conference was one of the most keenly watched events on China’s economic and policy calendar. Some observers interpreted this as an indication of the country’s growing insularity and centralization of power. The briefing provided foreign investors and governments with insights into how Chinese authorities view the problems of managing what is currently the world’s second-largest economy for thirty years, during a period of China’s opening up. China’s Premier Li Qiang will not brief the media at the conclusion of this year’s annual parliamentary assembly, which starts on Tuesday in Beijing, a spokeswoman unexpectedly announced on Monday, March 4.

 

Furthermore, National People’s Congress spokesman Lou Qinjian stated that Li will not have any such yearly press conferences for the remainder of China’s parliament, which ends in 2027, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Since 1993, China’s premiers have had press conferences that are televised live around the world following the yearly assembly. During these meetings, they have fielded a wide range of questions from Chinese and foreign journalists. In an effort to increase commerce and draw in international investment, China made a concerted effort to clarify its politics and policies during the 1990s and 2000s.

 

“China was entering a period of increased opening up. The cancelled premier press conference demonstrated that China is now moving toward an era of isolation,” said Chen Daoyin, an independent political analyst and former professor at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. Lou announced that the premier’s news conference was canceled because government ministers will be giving additional briefings throughout the week-long parliament meeting on diplomacy, the economy, and people’s livelihoods.

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