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  • Sep 23, 2014
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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. 

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

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.

Thursday, 6 March, 2014, 5:24pm 1 comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 Mar 2014 - 4:21am 1 comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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