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. 

Li Keqiang stresses reducing reliance on fixed-asset investment for growth

Li eyes new path to economic growth

The leadership has signalled it will try to gradually rebalance the mainland economy away from its dependence on investment in real estate, factories and other fixed assets that have inflated a property market bubble.

Thursday, 6 March, 2014, 4:21am 1 comment

Carrie Lam, Fanny Law speak up against claim of unpatriotic HKU polling

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's second in command and his former election chief both defended surveys conducted by the University of Hong Kong, after a property tycoon's son criticised the research as unpatriotic in front of national leaders.

6 Mar 2014 - 4:22am 9 comments

China withholds full details of 2014 domestic security budget

Police secure the crime scene after the railway attack in Kunming on March 1. Among the aims of China's sizable domestic security budget is to fund surveillance against dissidents  to prevent such attacks. Photo: AFP

China left out major details from its domestic security budget this year, only announcing the total coming directly from central government of 205 billion yuan (HK$259 billion) and witholding what has usually been hundreds of billions in yuan more from the provinces and cities.

5 Mar 2014 - 5:32pm

Disturbance and smoke in Tiananmen Square amid tight security for NPC meeting

Scene at Tiananmen Square on Wednesday. Photo shared by an eyewitness on Weibo

White smoke and foam left by fire extinguishers were the only signs of a confrontation in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square Wednesday morning, amid tight security for the National People's Congress.

Five eyewitnesses close to the scene told the South China Morning Post how a commotion erupted near Tiananmen Gate, the main entrance to the Forbidden City, at around 11am.

5 Mar 2014 - 6:12pm

More power to the people's congresses

The 2nd session of National People's Congress (NPC) opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2014. Photo: Simon Song

This year's meetings of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference are the first to be held after the publication of the party's landmark blueprint for reform. Chapter eight of the "Decision on Major Issues Concerning Comprehensively Deepening Reform" deals with political reform. We hope to see signs of change at this week's meetings.

6 Mar 2014 - 1:59am 2 comments

No more Chanel or Emilio Pucci for princeling Li Xiaolin at congress meeting, but critics unimpressed

Li was photographed carrying a cloth bag to a CPPCC session. Photo: Weibo screenshot

Li Xiaolin, the daughter of former Chinese premier Li Peng, surprised her critics this week after she was snapped carrying a cloth bag to a session at the annual convention of a national political consultancy body in Beijing.

5 Mar 2014 - 2:12pm 3 comments

China boosts defence budget by 12.2pc after warning military will respond if provoked

These PLA delegates heard good news about funding. Photo: AP

Premier Li Keqiang vowed to bolster the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army as Beijing announced double-digit growth in national defence spending.

6 Mar 2014 - 3:23am

It's war on smog! China pledges pollution battle 'for the nation's future'

Li (inset) told the national legislature that the country would fight pollution as part of the State Council's annual work. Photo: AP

The central government yesterday declared a "war on pollution" and pledged greater reforms to move the world's second-largest economy towards a more balanced growth model this year.

6 Mar 2014 - 2:33pm 27 comments

Zhang Dejiang rules out public nomination for 2017 chief executive poll

Zhang Dejiang (second left), head of the leading group on Hong Kong and Macau affairs, addresses CPPCC delegates in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

The mainland official in charge of Hong Kong affairs effectively dismisses the possibility of allowing voters to put forward candidates, as Premier Li Keqiang says Beijing will 'unswervingly' implement the 'one country, two systems' principle.

5 Mar 2014 - 11:59am 40 comments

Property tycoon calls for organisation to conduct 'patriotic' opinion polls

Peter Lee Ka-kit

The pro-government camp in Hong Kong should set up its own organisation to conduct public opinion polls to counter surveys by the University of Hong Kong that return results unfavourable to the central and local governments, a pro-Beijing property tycoon said.

5 Mar 2014 - 3:02am 2 comments

China’s NPC urges ‘smooth implementation’ of universal suffrage in Hong Kong

NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying said universal suffrage needed to be implemented "in accordance with the law". Photo: Simon Song

China’s top legislature would like to see Hongkongers choose their leader by direct elections in 2017, according to a spokeswoman for the National People’s Congress.

4 Mar 2014 - 9:35pm 1 comment

Risk aversion, rather than financial reform, likely to top NPC agenda

A press conference for the opening of the second session of China's 12th National People's Congress is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Policymakers are expected to focus more on containing financial risk than vowing to make breakthroughs in financial reforms as deputies gather this week for China’s top annual legislative meeting.

4 Mar 2014 - 5:41pm 1 comment

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

Hong Kong and Macau delegates in Beijing. Photo: Tony Cheung

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.

5 Mar 2014 - 11:03am 7 comments

China's military will respond if 'provoked' by neighbours, says official

NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying at the pre-meeting news conference on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

The country was committed to its peaceful development, but "peace can only be maintained by strength", said Fu Ying a spokeswoman for the National People's Congress session that opens in Beijing today.

5 Mar 2014 - 9:35am 2 comments

'Tough road' ahead for reform effort

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

Li Daike is the kind of man leaders in Beijing would like to see a lot more of on the mainland as they try to wean the nation's economy off debt-fuelled government spending and reduce the power of massive state-owned enterprises.

4 Mar 2014 - 5:02am