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. 

Communist Party watchdogs to get their own watchers

Anti-graft boss Wang Qishan, shown here on March 5, vowed "zero tolerance" for bad agents. Photo: AFP

Wang Qishan , the secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and a member of the supreme Politburo Standing Committee, vowed "zero tolerance" for ethical violations and abuse by the watchdog's inspectors.

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 6:00am 1 comment

Disgruntled delegates urge party to give CPPCC more teeth

Members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference attend the four plenary meeting on Monday in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

A group of academics with the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) have openly criticised the "weak" role of the advisory body, which they said had become a mere accessory to the National People's Congress.

12 Mar 2014 - 5:19am

Fighting corruption and terrorism top priorities of China's judiciary

Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People's Court

The number of terrorism attacks has increased in recent years. In the latest incident, on March 1, a group of knife-wielding assailants staged a bloody attack in Kunming railway station, leaving 29 civilians dead and 143 injured.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:28pm

A nod to grief, then back to business: NPC refuses to be distracted by Malaysia Airlines and Kunming disasters

The third plenary meeting of the second session of China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Apart from a minute's silence at the start of the National People's Congress (NPC) for victims of the deadly March 1 attack at Kunming's main train station, everything has been business as usual at the once-a-year parliamentary meeting in Beijing.

11 Mar 2014 - 4:29pm 1 comment

National People's Congress Briefs, March 10, 2014

A baby care centre in Xian, Shaanxi province. Photo: Xinhua

A Tibet standing committee member said the Kunming railway attack would not affect the autonomous region and sought to emphasise stability there - despite a track record of unrest and self-immolations against Chinese rule.

10 Mar 2014 - 6:02pm

China's parliament a billionaires' club

China's parliament a billionaires' club

Where in the world of politics would you find the greatest concentration of billionaires? Looking at the annual Hurun list of China's richest people, a good start may be with the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which opened their annual meetings last week.

10 Mar 2014 - 2:47am 19 comments

Pollution and food safety to top legal agenda this year, Zhang Dejiang tells NPC delegates

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, delivers his work report. Photo: Xinhua

National People's Congress (NPC) Chairman Zhang Dejiang vowed to push forward legislation in areas of key public concern, including pollution and oversight of officials' conduct.

10 Mar 2014 - 2:46am 1 comment

China should allow more bond defaults, bank supervisor says

Mei Xingbao attends the CPPCC meeting. Photo: Xinhua

More companies should be allowed to default on their bonds, an external supervisor at the Bank of China said, a day after a solar-cell maker became the first to do so.

9 Mar 2014 - 7:03am

China's war against excess evident in no-frills national gatherings

War against excess evident in no-frills meetings

Signs that the central government's fight against excess is in full force were evident at this year's toned-down parliamentary meetings. Some delegates were asked by organisers to bring their own toothbrushes, slippers and daily necessities instead of relying on hotels to provide them. Many delegations from the provinces and cities chose to forgo chartered flights and travelled by coach or train to Beijing.

9 Mar 2014 - 5:51am 1 comment

Women in CPPCC and NPC say true sexual equality is elusive

CPPCC delegates in Tiananmen Square. Women account for only about 20 per cent of the advisory body and the larger national legislature. Photo: Xinhua

The official UN theme for this year's International Women's Day is "equality for women is progress for all", but even China's most powerful women say they still have not shattered the glass ceiling.

9 Mar 2014 - 5:51am 1 comment

Sex with underage boys should be punished same as that with girls, deputy says

Sex with underage boys should be punished same as that with girls, deputy says

The Criminal Code currently treats sex with boys, whether consensual or not, as child molestation, which is punishable by up to five years in jail. Sex with a girl under the age of 14, or rape, carries a jail term of up to 10 years, unless severe violence or gang rape is involved.

8 Mar 2014 - 6:06am 1 comment

Ambrose Lee issues call to open PLA and foreign service to Hongkongers

Ambrose Lee says serving would help build unity. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Former Hong Kong security minister Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong called on the central government yesterday to consider creating paths for the city's youth to pursue careers in the country's armed forces and diplomatic corps.

8 Mar 2014 - 3:59am

Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng says China must improve trade quality

Chinese manufacturers needed to improve the quality of their exports, Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said at a press conference in Beijing yesterday.Photo: Xinhua

While China was unsurpassed in the quantity of its trade, the nation must now improve the quality of its goods, Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said yesterday in Beijing, where the National People's Congress is holding its annual meeting.

8 Mar 2014 - 6:47am

National People's Congress Briefs, March 8, 2014

Chen Deming

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.

8 Mar 2014 - 4:01am 1 comment

'Chinese are shorter than Japanese, Koreans': Yao Ming, lawmaker spotlight China's fitness problems

Yao Ming (centre) towers over reporters as he heads to the CPPCC meetings in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

A National People’s Congress delegate has urged ramped-up health programmes for the youth, saying more Chinese children are suffering from obesity and are lagging behind their taller South Korean and Japanese peers.

7 Mar 2014 - 6:44pm 3 comments