Chinese parliamentary sessions 2014

National People's Congress Briefs, March 8, 2014

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 March, 2014, 3:59am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 March, 2014, 4:01am

'Third party venue' for Xi-Ma meeting

The mainland's top Taiwan affairs negotiator, Chen Deming, said he had "high hopes" for a suggestion that Xi Jinping and Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou meet at a "third-party venue" outside the mainland and Taiwan. Chen said the term "does not necessarily refer to Hong Kong", Taiwan's United Daily News reported. "It could also be other places; [we] need to think about it ." Beijing has seemed cool to talk of a Xi-Ma meeting this year at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit, which the capital is hosting. Staff Reporter


Economist warns of 'external shocks'

Justin Lin Yi-fu, a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference delegate and former World Bank chief economist, warned yesterday that China should be prepared for a possible prolonged period of "external shocks" to its economy. Lin said that developed economies, including Europe, Japan and the United States, have not yet made the reforms necessary to fix their economic problems since the global financial crisis five years ago. Staff Reporter


Xi pledges to protect doctors from attacks

President Xi Jinping vowed yesterday during a discussion with Guizhou delegates to the National People's Congress to maintain order in hospitals and protect medical staff from physical assault. "Any acts of harm inflicted on medical staff must be seriously dealt with in accordance with the law," Xi said. At about the same time as the meeting, a patient attacked a doctor with a hammer at No6 Peking University Hospital, a mental health facility, the online People's Daily reported. Sijia Jiang


Reporter tries to hand governor 'seized' bribe

A reporter tried to hand the governor of Shanxi province an allegedly intercepted bribe of 20,000 yuan (HK$25,000) during a press conference, the People's Daily reported on its website. The reporter held out the cash and claimed it had been given to a retired village party head in Yulin . He said the local authorities refused to handle the money and hoped the governor could pass it on to higher authorities. The press conference's host said the reporter's question was irrelevant. Sijia Jiang


Northeast coal city faces bleak future

About 30,000 people lost their jobs last year in the coal-mining city of Qitaihe , Heilongjiang , and another 10,000 redundancies are expected this year, the city's mayor, Han Lihua, told a panel at the National People's Congress. Like many other cities that rely on oil, minerals and forestry resources, Qitaihe faces short-term difficulties as natural resource disappear. Mandy Zuo