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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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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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norodnik
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....
napoleon_wang
这次政府。如果说对它很有信心的话。未必的。如果说要说辞的话。过去两任说的都很给力到位的。力度不小的。从这次还是用习近平看讲稿和张德江完全读稿来说。这群人的压力还不大。人味不足。还是假大空篇幅很多。都是宏观不切合实际的。没有具体的细则。也没有时间表。政改也就是说削减行政开支。总体不看好。等于再拖个十年。但是人民会再老老实实等待十年吗?风起云涌的地方性群体事件。开始只为了污染。之后次数越频繁性质自然会改变。城镇化。危险的概念。还想拿农村的地吗?地方政府很难管好。
fearonjones
"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.
 
 
 
 
 

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