Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


One man, two cups: Is President Xi’s double tea a power move?

You might have noticed something strange while you were watching the annual meeting the National People’s Congress in China (NPC). If you’re particularly keen, it may have been because you were watching closely. Xi Jinping, China’s President, had two cups of tea rather than one.

The Two Sessions meeting is almost a spectacle. The NPC, which is the country’s equivalent to a parliament, is theoretically the most powerful state organ.

It is actually a rubber stamp body for the ruling Chinese Communist Party and passes key laws on decisions already made.

Celia Hatton, BBC Asia Pacific editor, breaks down President Xi’s double-beverage decision and explains why it may be a subtle display in power.


Video journalist Mattea Bubalo

You May Also Like

European Union

After a Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine was detained, U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi announced that the man responsible has been released....


For many years we have seen how the Soft Power used by the Kremlin works exclusively through culture, exhibitions, musical groups presentations, etc. It...


The Azerbaijani diaspora, which numbers some 60 million people around the world has entered the virtual social media battle being waged between Armenia and...

United States

The body of the stone dealer had been decaying for several weeks by the time it was found in an Upper West Side apartment....