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Chinese Parliamentary Sessions 2013

March 2013 sees the annual meeting of the two legislative and consultative bodies of China, where major policies are decided and key government officials appointed. The National People's Congress (NPC) is held in the Great Hall of the People in China's capital, Beijing, and with 2,987 members, is the largest parliament in the world. It gathers alongside the People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) whose members represent various groups of society.

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Stability is the key for China's new cabinet

Old guard will form backbone of State Council, but analysts say fresh faces will improve profile of nation and bolster its position on world stage

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 March, 2013, 7:19pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 9:29am

The nation's new cabinet was unveiled yesterday - a mix of veteran diplomats, senior politicians and technocratic newcomers with international exposure.

Analysts say the line-up will maintain policy stability and strengthen China's position in the world order.

Of the 25 ministers who make up the cabinet, or State Council, ceremonially elected by the National People's Congress, 15 kept the jobs they held previously.

Of these, four were born in 1949 and are only a year away from turning 65, the mandatory retirement age for ministers.

The NPC also approved four vice-premiers - Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli and Politburo members Liu Yandong, Wang Yang and Ma Kai - as part of the new government led by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

Zhang, a former Shenzhen party chief, Wang, a former Guangdong party chief, and Liu, who oversaw Hong Kong affairs as a state councillor, all have a working knowledge of the special administrative region.

Besides Liu, there are two other women in the cabinet - Wu Aiying, who was kept on as justice minister, and Li Bin , who will head the new national health and family planning commission.

Veteran diplomat Wang Yi, 59, who was ambassador to Japan from 2004 to 2007 and also has extensive experience of North Korean and Taiwan affairs, was named foreign minister.

His predecessor, Yang Jiechi, was named one of five state councillors yesterday.

Gao Hucheng, 61, an experienced international negotiator, becomes commerce minister, while Lou Jiwei , 62, chairman of sovereign wealth fund the China Investment Corporation, and well-known in international circles, is finance minister. Central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan retained his position as expected.

Analysts say the arrangements reflect concern for policy continuity as well as China's global profile amid mounting challenges at home and abroad. These include balancing the economic growth model and dealing with an international community that sees a rising China as both an opportunity and a threat.

Gu Su, a law professor at Nanjing University, said Xi and Li probably wanted a smooth transitional period rather than creating a "shockwave" by introducing too much new blood.

"Xi and Li still need some time to consolidate their power," he said. "Too drastic a reshuffle might trigger a backlash," he said.

Hong Kong-based political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-siu said the new ministers with technical expertise could enhance policy execution.

"Beijing has realised that merit-based choices work better than political correctness in terms of improving governance," he said.

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the sun also rises
The Chinese Communist Dynasty is even worse than Empress Tzi Si's late Ching Dynasty which was still willing to push political reform by setting-up Constitutiional governance Preparatory Committtee to launch political reforms so that the rule of the Manchuians could last longer and to suppress the uprisings or revolutions that broke out everywhere in the country from time to time.Yet now this Party Dynasty would more than happy to spend huge sums on maintaining so-called stabillity to suppress the dissidents (such as Liu Xiaobo and his wife; activist, Mr.Hu Kai and many others plus crackdown on Xikiang and Tibet's rebellions;Hongkong's oppositionists and Taiwan's DPP members and chaos elsewhere around the country such as the recent crackdown at a village in Kit Yeung County,Guangdong.The cost/fund used in maintaining stability is more than its defence cost---laughable enough indeed !
napoleon_wang
从上而下改革。现在目前还处于这种状态。如果迟迟不改革。天下之势易的时候一切都晚了。晚清。便是很好的例子
xiaoblueleaf
Birds of same feather; change if any has to come from the very top, i.e. Xi
napoleon_wang
说的很对。自上而下。中国目前经历不起内耗。
likingming
@王宇超, Who is really at the top ?
By the way, could you translate your comments into english and respect this is english paper ?
napoleon_wang
委员长张德江的说话枯燥无味。全部读稿。掌声都是可以安排。有哪句是真话。都哪里落实了?妄图新任就改革的人太过于乐观了。
napoleon_wang
内部协商的结果。后市不容乐观。现在直播的习近平说的话。还是比较死板未脱稿。套话空话比较多的。一切期待会有大改的人。都太乐观了。
 
 
 
 
 

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