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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. 

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Attend more meetings and cut out the lavish dinners, Hong Kong’s CPPCC delegates told

Liaison office orders CPPCC members to avoid the high life and attend meetings in light of their poor performance at Guangdong briefings

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 March, 2014, 6:19pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2014, 11:03am

Hong Kong delegates to the nation's top advisory body have been told by a mainland official not to skip meetings and to avoid long, lavish dinners during the annual congress in Beijing.

Yin Xiaojing, deputy director of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong, gave the city's delegates a tongue-lashing during a closed-door panel discussion in Beijing yesterday morning.

Yin, herself a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, reminded Hong Kong delegates that they should attend meetings, keep a low profile and be frugal in their spending while in the capital, according to some delegates who attended the discussion.

"We were told not to go out and have lavish dinners. If we really need to, we should do it individually or in small groups," said James Tien Pei-chun, a CPPCC delegate and the Liberal Party leader.

We were told not to go out and have lavish dinners
JAMES TIEN

"We were told not to show off our CPPCC delegate credentials or move around in a high-profile manner, because delegates from other provinces and municipalities have been restrained from doing so."

Fellow delegate Chan Yuen-han said Yin reminded them to attend all meetings.

"She said if we have to skip some of the meetings, we should inform the secretariat office in advance," Chan said.

Yin told the delegates that since there were only five full-member meetings, "it is not good to be absent for three of them without giving advance notice".

Another delegate, who refused to be named, repeated the same message.

The delegate said Yin demanded a higher attendance rate among Hong Kong delegates, particularly for those meetings that senior central government officials would attend.

"Yin noted that the attendance of Hong Kong delegates at those briefings held in Guangdong was far from satisfactory. Usually fewer than half of the delegates showed up," the delegate said. "It was much lower than that of Macau delegates to the CPPCC and Hong Kong National People's Congress deputies.

"The liaison office had made huge efforts in arranging these briefings by senior mainland officials. Yet they were met with a lukewarm response from Hong Kong delegates and it put the liaison office in a very embarrassing position," the delegate added.

There are more than 100 Hong Kong delegates to the CPPCC, with most of coming from the business sector.

The annual gatherings of China's rich and powerful always provide networking opportunities for Hong Kong delegates.

In the past, it was not uncommon for a delegate to spend more time at the dinner table than in the conference hall. But this year, the mood of the conference has turned sombre following the crackdown on official extravagance by President Xi Jinping .

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anthonygmail
What does she expect from tycoons and their offspring? CPPCC membership is merely a status symbol to them and the attendance responsibilities of membership won't get in the way of them making money or enjoying the high life.
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Not that being a member will allow them to influence mainland policy anyway. They all know it.
rpasea
Come on now, the only reason these HK elites are there is to shoe shine and party at taxpayer's expense.
sipsip1238
So the Full-member meeting doesn't really have to be full-member?
I guess the approach that Hong Kong has taken is similar to the attitude that ministers here gives to the meetings domestically: "I was a few MINUTES! late and missed the meeting."
Sir, last time I checked, late is late, whether it's a few minutes or not, it's your responsibility to wake up earlier and get there earlier if it needs be.
lexishk
Good to see the typical HK approach in evidence: sit up the back of the room so you don't have to pay attention or participate and can spend the time zoning out or playing with your phone.
Dao-Phooy
Timothy Tong is still a member of the CPPCC so I guess he still has a place to freeload!
How can this person represent HK at all?
DinGao
I was going to say that I feel a cartoon coming but it already has! Not slow, our Harry...
clc2
Who is paying for the meals?

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