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. 

Charity donations may become compulsory for all Chinese earners in sector overhaul

CPPCC delegate Cui Yongyuan (centre) says China lacks a culture of charity, which could impede the proposed charity law more than legislative delays. Photo: Xinhua

An NPC official vowed speedy action on a long-awaited charity bill that would make donations compulsory for every citizen.

Saturday, 8 March, 2014, 3:16am 1 comment

National People's Congress Briefs, March 7, 2014

Yuan Chunqing

Shanxi party secretary Yuan Chunqing defended the province’s anti-corruption efforts as successful despite criticism from the Communist Party’s top disciplinary body.

7 Mar 2014 - 3:45am

Xinjiang to work with National Security Commission to curb violence, Zhang Chunxian says

Zhang Chunxian yesterday

Xinjiang party chief Zhang Chunxian said the newly formed National Security Commission, headed by President Xi Jinping, would play a leading role in maintaining security in the far-western region, where violence has recently flared amid ethnic tensions.

7 Mar 2014 - 4:10am

New World tycoon Henry Cheng backs call for 'patriotic' opinion polls

Peter Lee said Dr Robert Chung (above) published poll results that were unfavourable to the central and local governments. Photo: Sam Tsang

New World chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun, a colleague of Lee on the standing committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said in Beijing yesterday: "If people other [than HKU] would like to do it, it can help [the government] understand people's thinking."

7 Mar 2014 - 4:27am 1 comment

Genetically modified food is safe to eat, says China's agriculture minister

Chinese Agriculture Minister Han Changfu (inset) gives a press conference for the second session of China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Agriculture Minister Han Changfu says there is no reason to fear genetically modified food and that he regularly eats it himself. The statement was the most public effort yet by a senior mainland official to dispel anxiety about the safety of GM foods.

7 Mar 2014 - 9:32am 6 comments

Organ transplant regulations should boost donor numbers, says official

A senior official said advances in regulating the organ transplant network should lead to more people signing up as voluntary donors, eliminating the need to harvest from executed prisoners.

7 Mar 2014 - 2:11am

Why Premier Li Keqiang avoided property price pledges in work report

A sculpture in front of a Beijing tower block - Premier Li Keqiang signalled a different approach from his predecessor's battle to control the property market. Photo: Reuters

The property market was a perennial focus of work reports delivered by Wen Jiabao when he was premier. During his decade-long tenure, National People's Congress attendees grew accustomed to hearing Wen criticise developers and pledge action to cool the overheated housing market.

7 Mar 2014 - 4:01am

What Li Keqiang omitting Hong Kong principles from report may mean

China's Premier Li claps as he delivers the government work report. Photo: Reuters

Speculation there is a hidden meaning behind Premier Li Keqiang's omission of two of Hong Kong's key constitutional principles from his maiden work report deepened yesterday as Beijing's third-in-command cryptically advised Hongkongers to "cautiously interpret" the implications of the omission.

7 Mar 2014 - 7:11am 1 comment

Beijing voices ‘concern’ over Hong Kong’s capacity for mainland tourists

Zhang Dejiang delivers a speech at the opening session of the NPC in Beijing's Great Hall of the People. Photo: AP

Beijing's top official on Hong Kong affairs has acknowledged for the first time that the city's capacity for mainland tourists is a matter of concern for the central government.

7 Mar 2014 - 5:00pm 28 comments

Jackie Chan, artists launch tirade against film censorship during CPPCC meeting

Jackie Chan in a production still of 'Police Story'. Photo: SCMP Pictures

What was meant to be a run-of-the-mill panel discussion on the government’s work report among art experts in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference’s (CPPCC) turned into a grumbling session this week, as personalities like actor Jackie Chan and award-winning filmmaker Feng Xiaogang criticised censorship in the country.

6 Mar 2014 - 6:50pm 1 comment

China’s anti-graft tsar has something to confess: ‘I watch popular Korean TV dramas’

Anti-graft chief Wang Qishan (inset) said he sometimes watched 'My Love from the Star', a Korean programme starring Jun Ji-hyun (right) and Kim Soo-hyun. Photos: Xinhua, SCMP Pictures

In unusual backchat during normally serious National People’s Congress proceedings, one of China’s most powerful officials, anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan, admitted to watching South Korean soap operas.

6 Mar 2014 - 5:24pm 1 comment

Bring your own toothbrush: Austerity drive seen in the little details at NPC, CPPCC talks

Attendants pour water for tea at the opening session of the National Peoples Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: EPA

Signs that the Chinese government’s fight against excess is in full force could not be escaped at this year’s toned-down Chinese parliamentary meetings.

6 Mar 2014 - 2:21pm 1 comment

Li Keqiang gives straight talk to NPC delegates

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers the government work report during the opening meeting of the second session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

In the past 26 years, China has seen four premiers, each with markedly different styles. Li Peng was viewed as dull and stuttering, and Zhu Rongji as stern-faced but charismatic. Wen Jiabao liked to insert poems into his emotional speeches.

6 Mar 2014 - 4:21am

What Premier Li Keqiang DIDN'T say about Hong Kong: key 'autonomy' phrases missing from report

Xi Jinping (left) greets Leung Chun-ying in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang's maiden work report raised questions about Hong Kong's promised 'high degree of autonomy', as he left out key phrases normally spoken about the city's 'high degree of autonomy'.

6 Mar 2014 - 2:13pm 3 comments

Beijing to wage broad smog fight

Broad strategy for tackling smog

The central government will adopt a broad strategy to tackle China's environmental decline, including cutting emissions and relying more on renewable energy, but a green group said the announced measures didn't go far enough.

6 Mar 2014 - 4:21am