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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 March, 2005, 12:00am

Scientist doubts us missile shield will work

A top mainland rocket expert has expressed doubt over the effectiveness of Washington's plans to build an extensive missile shield.

Lin Jin , a professor at the PLA's National University of Defence Technology, said he was not concerned about the strategic implications to China of the US' on-going quest to build a national missile-defence system.

'The defensive abilities of such a system have been greatly exaggerated. I doubt it can be successfully implemented,' Professor Lin said on the sidelines of the NPC meeting.Ray Cheung

Slanging match over hotbeds of corruption

CPPCC members attending an economic panel discussion on Sunday became embroiled in a slanging match over corruption.

It started when a construction industry delegate interrupted Banking Regulatory Commission vice-chairman Shi Jiliang , who was talking about officials who had fled after embezzling state money. The delegate said: 'The majority of them come from the banking industry.' Mr Shi replied: 'There's been more from within the construction industry.'

Vivian Wu

New telecommunications law faces long delays

NPC Standing Committee representative Hou Yibin predicts the long-awaited Telecommunications Law will not be passed to the NPC this year.

'If the State Council could submit the draft proposal to the Standing Committee in June, we'd push to have it introduced as early as possible,' he said. 'But it's hard to see the review being completed this year.'Vivian Wu

delegate champions the cause of nation's deaf

Despite being the only deaf delegate among the CPPCC's 2,295 representatives, Yu Bing has no problems communicating. Mr Yu, vice-chairman of the China Deaf Association, uses sign language and an interpreter.

He has called for all television programmes to carry subtitles, the creation of a sign-language research institute and for deaf people to be allowed to drive.

Vivian Wu