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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.


Xi Jinping outlines his vision of 'dream and renaissance'

President Xi says renaissance is within the nation's reach as his premier vows to give priority to economic reforms

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 March, 2013, 7:51am

China's new leaders vowed to maintain sustainable growth for the world's second biggest economy and "pursue a renaissance of the Chinese nation" at yesterday's conclusion of an annual parliamentary session that completed the transfer of power to a new leadership.

In his maiden speech as head of state, Xi Jinping invoked his favourite concept of the "China dream" and laid out a vision of a stronger nation with a higher standard of living for its 1.3 billion people. during his administration.

New Premier Li Keqiang, speaking later at a news conference in the Great Hall of the People that wrapped up the two-week annual session of the National People's Congress, gave assurances that the new government's top priority would be to maintain stable growth and that his administration was up to the task, a message likely to be applauded by investors and the market.

Both Xi and Li stressed the necessity of deepening reform to deliver sustained growth but neither mentioned systematic political reform.

Painting his vision of a great renaissance of the nation, Xi stressed that the "China dream" could only be realised by seeking "China's own path," cultivating patriotism and following the Communist Party's leadership. "We must continue to strive to achieve the China dream and the nation's great revival," he said. Analysts say Xi's speech outlined lofty goals but stopped short of mentioning initiatives that would have real impact.

Zhang Lifan, a Beijing-based historian, said: "It stressed that everyone should rally around the Communist Party: Follow us, then we'll have a bright future."

On a more down-to-earth note, Li defined the areas of reform for his cabinet in his 107-minute-long debut press conference as premier. They focused on administrative streamlining to make governance more efficient. These included transforming government roles and functions, simplifying bureaucratic procedures and delegating power.

"Right now, there are more than 1,700 items that still require the approval of State Council departments... We're determined to cut that figure by at least one third," Li promised.

In an effort to show his determination to tackle the obstacles in pushing forward economic reform, he said: "Sometimes stirring vested interests may be more difficult that stirring the soul.

"But however deep the water may be, we will wade into the water. This is because we have no alternative. Reform concerns the destiny of our country and the future of our nation."

Lu Ting, an economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, welcomed Li's remarks. "He understood very well that key barriers for reforms are vested interests rather than ideology, or 'soul' in his words, and he promised to tread uncharted waters," Lu said.

With China's economic environment expected to remain "severe and complex", the government will aim to manage latent risks to avoid "big fluctuations" in economic performance, Li said.

Zhang Ming, a political science professor at Renmin University, said such goals indicated China would not see radical changes in the near future.

"Political reform was omitted," Zhang said. "The new government will probably make no structural or radical change."


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Dream of clean air. Dream of clean water. Dream of Rule of Law. Dream of the Yangtze River without floating pigs....lot's to dream about....
"Political reform was omitted," Zhang said. "The new government will probably make no structural or radical change."
And why should they? The leadership of the Party and their families are 'sitting pretty'. It will take an emerging strong middle class and their support from the peasants to pressure these vested interests into sharing power out more fairly and democratically. At least, that would be a Marxist interpretation of the situation. Hopefully, for all of us, this will be achieved gradually and (relatively) peacefully rather than through some political and social 'seismic' activity.
massage parlor in every corner..
Indeed a dream from smoking pot if the "China Dream" is "cultivate patriotism and follow the Party's leadership".
if following the party leadership means getting jobs, meals on the table, affordable healthcare then why not? we dont need pots and jackoffs like u yanks!!!
and corruption and illegal detention and police torture and illegal land seizures and .......
All the comments here are negative and biased. I don't know who are writing them. You guys do need some positive energy!
Over the last 10 years, China leadership has made many more correct decisions for the country and the people and HK, than any of its counterparts in the East or West. Do you prefer 1 billion ppl living in poverty over polluted air? Do you prefer a chaotic country with zero economic growth over strong and prudent leadership? Do you prefer 'no dream at all' over a concrete 'China dream'?
And remember, political reform is a means, not the the end. A strong country is never a fair country. If China needs to choose to go stronger or fairer in the next decade, the answer is undeniably the former.
You say "If China needs to choose to go stronger or fairer in the next decade, the answer is undeniably the former." Why should either aim be mutually exclusive? Why can't China be both strong and fair?
Confucius say, man with "China dream" having nightmare...


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