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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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Live updates: Li Keqiang's first news conference

Li Keqiang pledged to reduce the number of bureaucrats and practise frugality in government affairs as he gave his first press conference as Chinese premier

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 11:32am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 2:55pm
 

10.30am Li Keqiang gives a welcoming address at his first press conference as premier.

10.40am Li says State Council will reduce the number of officials and drive down costs.

He plans to cut the existing 1,700 administrative approval items by at least one-third.

Funds flowing into central government coffers increased by just 1.6 per cent over January and February.

Spending on social programmes will only increase, forcing the government to cut back in other areas. 

No new central government offices, halls or guest houses will be built, staff numbers will tumble, and spending on government hospitality, overseas trips and new vehicles will be curtailed. -Associated Press

"I am confident that the previous administration led by Wen Jiabao has created the necessary preconditions for continued growth and development."
 

China-US relations

11.00am China attaches great importance to its relationship with the United States.

Bilateral trade volume has increased to more than US$500 billion last year, from only US$1 billion three decades ago. 

Both China and the US want to uphold regional peace and stability.

Cyber-hacking is a worldwide problem and China itself is a main target of the attacks.

"We should not make groundless accusations at each other."

Both countries should do more to reduce the problem of cyber security.
 

Reform

11.15am "Reform pays the biggest dividend for China."

Still room for improvement in our socialist economy.

Country needs to reform the social security system.

Must make sure benefits from reform reach entire population.

Must improve people’s well-being. In order to do this, we must confront China’s income gap.

"Vested interests must be stirred."

We need to take action to gradually narrow this gap. We also need to reform the social security system.
 

Cross-strait relations

11.30am Two sides of the straits belong to the same China.

Taiwan and Taiwanese compatriots should make better use of development opportunities provided by the mainland.

Should work hard to identify pillars for cross-straits relations.

Need to develop this common homeland so it will be "full of flowers".

Urbanisation

11.34am The scale of urbanisation in China is unprecedented in human history...

Urbanisation is the logical product of modernisation...

Urbanisation is not about building big sprawling cities...

It is important for this new type of urbanisation to go hand in hand with agricultural modernisation. 

Must keep the supply of farmland above 20m hectares and safeguard food security as well as farmer interests.

Food safety

"Food safety is of utmost importance as it pertains to people’s quality of life and health. This government will take measures to punish heartless producers of sub-standard and fake food."

Environment

"It is no good to be poor in a beautiful environment, nor is it good to be well-off and live with environmental degradation."

"We will need to develop a clear understanding of water and ground pollution safety before we can solve this problem".

I want to fully upgrade the Chinese economy - that includes providing clean drinking water, safe food and clean air.
 

11.55am China Daily asks about reform of reeducation through the labor system. Li said reform of the reeducation through labour system may be completed before the end of this year.

On Hong Kong...

During my 2011 trip to Hong Kong, I was deeply impressed when I saw that Hong Kong’s one country, two systems was booming with vitality.

The central government will do its best to advance Hong Kong's development.

There is great space for deepening cross-border co-operation.

We will work to enhance the well-being of our compatriots in Hong Kong and Macau.

 

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duke
如果军队和武警的支持政府打破利益集团应该没有问题,感觉还是红色权贵保持了军队和武警队伍,没有武装力量撑腰,政府很难做任何实质的动作!
napoleon_wang
分析的很对。枪杆子还是很必要的。袁大头当年逼宫就是靠军队。
napoleon_wang
实干。就是要处理掉利益集团。利益集团不除。任何希望都要落空。小强压力很重。朱镕基温家宝都失败了。小强你有勇气更要有智慧更要有韧性去和他们做斗争!!但是。你是不是和他们是一起的呢?一切看空。不要太认真。认真了你就输了
napoleon_wang
政治改革不进行的情况话。任何经济改革都是会被利益集团所玩弄!!问题问的不是很到位。空话不空话现在就相信真心很难。因为前任说的很多。但是做的。哎。有目共睹。。
 
 
 
 
 

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