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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. 

Censors were at WeChat offices before crackdown on accounts

Censors were stationed for a week at the offices of Tencent's popular social media service WeChat before dozens of prominent accounts were closed or suspended, a source has said.

Saturday, 15 March, 2014, 9:42am 5 comments

Fresh China media crackdown hits popular accounts on Tencent's WeChat

At least a dozen popular public WeChat accounts - some followed by hundreds of thousands subscribers - were shut down or suspended yesterday. Some of the accounts were operated by popular columnists, such as Xu Danei and Luo Changping, or by online news outlets, such as NetEase.

14 Mar 2014 - 9:29am 2 comments

Premier Li Keqiang delivers a healthy dose of realism

Rebalancing China's economy from being capital-intensive and export-driven to a more sustainable consumer-led model is tricky. Premier Li Keqiang acknowledged that yesterday at the close of the annual meeting of the National People's Congress.

14 Mar 2014 - 5:21am

We will keep tighter rein on debt and shadow banking, Li Keqiang says

Beijing is tightening scrutiny of government debt and the shadow banking system to contain risk, Premier Li Keqiang said yesterday. He said Beijing had been "highly attentive" to financial and debt risks, and set a timetable for implementing rules to stop banks overexpanding.

14 Mar 2014 - 5:56am

Company registrations at 10-year high as Beijing reduces red tape

Registrations of private companies rose 30 per cent from a year earlier, indicating that "cutting red tape and delegating power were powerful tools to boost the market's vitality and social creativity", Premier Li Keqiang said yesterday.

14 Mar 2014 - 5:56am

Premier breezes through journalists’ tame questions at close of NPC

Li Keqiang breezed through a tame and uneventful press conference, thanks largely to the absence of the uncomfortable questions often foisted on his predecessors.

14 Mar 2014 - 5:56am

China and US can overcome frictions with co-operation, says Li Keqiang

Ties between China and the US would remain strong as long as both sides kept the focus on their common interests instead of the differences, Premier Li Keqiang has said.

14 Mar 2014 - 6:01am

Beijing 'will do everything' to maintain Hong Kong's economic might, Li vows

The mainland’s policies on Hong Kong remain steadfast, Premier Li Keqiang said as he vowed Beijing would “do everything” to help maintain the territory’s economic status.

He pledged the government’s support to the city – a sometimes recalcitrant ally – in maintaining its status as an international financial hub and shipping centre.

13 Mar 2014 - 3:33pm 5 comments

GDP growth target flexible as jobs take priority, says Premier Li Keqiang

The official economic growth target will be flexible as long as it can ensure stable jobs, Premier Li Keqiang told an international audience in the clearest message to date by a top leader about the nation's willingness to tolerate slower growth.

14 Mar 2014 - 5:29pm 2 comments

Premier’s plan for government policy wins approval as NPC draws to a close

Most of the National People's Congress - dominated by the Communist Party and described by critics as a rubber stamp parliament - usually vote overwhelmingly in favour of Beijing's policies. But analysts said the administration was still enjoying its "honeymoon period".

14 Mar 2014 - 4:14pm