Chinese parliamentary sessions 2014

The annual Chinese "lianghui" of 2014, or plenary meetings of China's top legislative and consultative bodies, the National People's Congress and the National People's Consultative Conference, will take place in Beijing in early to mid-March. The NPC sessions are scheduled to begin on March 5, and the CPPCC meetings to commence on March 3. 

Two police officers keep watch from a rooftop near the Great Hall of the People amid heavy air pollution in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

Smog hangs heavy over assembly

Members of the mainland's top political advisory body braved the choking smog that returned to Beijing yesterday as the first of the two annual political assemblies in the capital this week got under way.