Welcome to NPC Observer Monthly!

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If you aren’t already familiar with the work of NPC Observer, we are a website dedicated to making China’s national legislature—the National People’s Congress (NPC) and its Standing Committee (NPCSC)—more accessible to English readers across the globe and to helping them better understand the institution, through free, independent, and high-quality reporting, analysis, and original research.

What NPC Observer Monthly *is*

NPC Observer Monthly is a newsletter service we are launching in June 2023 to offer an alternative—and somewhat delayed—way to follow the goings-on at the NPC and what we post on our main website, www.npcobserver.com.

This monthly newsletter drops at the start of each month. Each issue will—

  • recap major NPC-related events in the previous month, including any relevant Communist Party meetings, any national law that took effect, as well as any NPC or NPCSC meetings and their agendas and outcomes; and

  • link to and introduce any posts we have published on our main website in the previous month, whether related to current events or not.

Depending on the month and our schedule, we may also end an issue with musings on a NPC-related topic that is in some way connected to the past month.

We may also send out this newsletter more frequently during especially busy periods at the NPC, such as its annual full sessions. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know.

Consider subscribing to NPC Observer Monthly if you are only a casual follower of the NPC and don’t require real-time notifications of everything we post. Or if, on the contrary, you do keep a close tab on the NPC and would like a monthly recap to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

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What NPC Observer Monthly is *not*

This newsletter will not replace our main website, which we have operated for almost seven years. We maintain a large amount of resources over there (the widely used bill pages, for instance) and use many third-party plugins native to WordPress to keep the website running. It is impracticable both logistically and technologically to migrate the website to Substack.

At least for the moment, this newsletter also will not serve as an alternative way to receive real-time notifications of our posts on the main website. That is to say we won’t be crossposting our posts here on Substack, for we find that WordPress’s email notification service works well enough. That said, we are open to changing our minds on this matter if there is sufficient demand from Substack subscribers.

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A monthly recap of goings-on at China’s National People’s Congress and its Standing Committee


Fellow, Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School, focusing on China's legislative process and constitutional enforcement mechanisms. Founder, manager, and editor, NPC Observer.