Chinese parliamentary sessions 2014
The annual Chinese "lianghui" of 2014, or plenary meetings of China's top legislative and consultative bodies, the National People's Congress and the National People's Consultative Conference, will take place in Beijing in early to mid-March. The NPC sessions are scheduled to begin on March 5, and the CPPCC meetings to commence on March 3.
National People's Congress Briefs, March 7, 2014
Zhang Hong and Stephen Chen
Shanxi ‘firm’ against graft
Shanxi party secretary Yuan Chunqing defended the province’s anti-corruption efforts as successful despite criticism from the Communist Party’s top disciplinary body. “Our attitude on anti-corruption has been consistent and firm,” Yuan said, when asked about criticism from inspectors from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection that the province was not aggressive enough in fighting graft. “Last year, we punished 11,879 officials for violating regulations and the law, including 26 from above the bureau level. The feedback from the party headquarters’ inspection team means we need to keep up our anti-corruption efforts.” Two senior Shanxi officials, including former deputy provincial party chief Jin Daoming and former Luliang mayor Ding Xuefeng, have been placed under investigation in the past month. Zhang Hong
Moutai seeks broader appeal
Kweichow Moutai, the best-known distiller of the Chinese spirit baijiu, is shifting its marketing focus from government officials to individual consumers in the face of Beijing’s ongoing corruption crackdown. Moutai chairman Yuan Renguo said the company saw a 5 billion yuan (HK$6.3 billion) revenue increase last year despite the anti-graft campaign. The company is seeking to increase revenues 6 per cent this year and boost production 17 per cent by rolling out products with more affordable prices. Moutai has long been priced beyond the reach of many ordinary mainlanders, but bottles are often given to officials as gifts. Stephen Chen