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