One of the youngest members of the National People’s Congress has inadvertently highlighted the pointlessness of the very institution she belongs to after she admitted she had to do research online to work out what the hell she was supposed to be doing at the annual meeting of the NPC which takes place in Beijing next week.
Tie Feiyan, 20, newly appointed to the nation’s highest legislative body, said on Wednesday she was still unable to tell the difference between “proposals” and “suggestions”, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported on Thursday.
NPC members are eligible to propose legislation to the congress agenda and vote on them. They can also make suggestions, or give feedback, on topics of discussion.
Tie is one of the only two members born after 1990, out of all 2,987 NPC members who will participate next week’s meeting. Chen Ruolin, a diver and London Olympic gold medallist, is the youngest member, by only four months.
A worker at a toll booth in Yunnan province, she was granted the status for her heroic acts when she rescued a drowning worker and adopted an abandoned baby girl.
Despite technically being the country’s highest legislative body, the NPC, along with the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) which will also meet next week, is a rubber stamp body, delegates have no real political power.
The annual ‘Two Sessions’, where both the NPC and CPPCC gather to ostensibly practice ‘democracy’, is a fairly tedious and pointless affair which a large number of delegates sleep through, or play on their phones.