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

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If you happened to watch the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in China, something strange might have stood out to you – if you are especially eagle-eyed. Chinese President Xi Jinping had something that others did not: two cups of tea instead of one.

The meeting itself, known as the Two Sessions, is almost a spectacle. The NPC is the country’s equivalent of parliament which is, in theory, the most powerful state organ.

In reality, it acts as a rubber stamp agency for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, passing key laws on decisions already made.

The BBC’s Asia Pacific editor Celia Hatton breaks down President Xi’s choice of double drink, and explains why it may be a subtle display of power.

Video journalist: Mattea Bubalo

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