China National Philatelic Corporation has issued commemorative postal products, including commemorative envelopes, stamp folders and other postal paraphernalia to celebrate the opening of the Second Session of the 12th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on March 3, 2014 and the Second Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) on March 5.
The annual sessions of the NPC and CPPCC, collectively called two sessions, are regarded as the most important annual political events in China.
The NPC is the supreme organ of state power in China. It is composed of NPC deputies who are elected according to law from 35 electoral units from the people's congresses of provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government, the People's Liberation Army, the deputy election council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Taiwan compatriots' consultation election council. Each congress is elected for a term of five years. The NPC meets in session once a year.
The CPPCC is a political advisory body in the People's Republic of China. The organization consists of delegates from a range of political parties and organizations, as well as independent members. The proportion of representation of the various parties is determined by established convention, negotiated between the parties.