By Erik Crouch
“Although the NPC is often dismissed as a mere rubber stamp, it is here where major policy decisions are formally approved, and top ministerial appointments are confirmed.” In other words, the NPC is often seen as a rubber stamp, but only because it is a stamp made of rubber.
CNN’s “Behind the Scenes at China’s NPC” title implies that there would be at least an ounce of insider or back-room information, but instead treats viewers to a few shots of Tiananmen square, a lobby-scene, and generic NPC stock footage. Although Jaime FlorCruz fails to get a question in with Li Keqiang, we are greeted to a wonderfully terrifying shot of the new premiere at 1:37. That smile. A man of the people.