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Chinese Parliamentary Sessions 2013

March 2013 sees the annual meeting of the two legislative and consultative bodies of China, where major policies are decided and key government officials appointed. The National People's Congress (NPC) is held in the Great Hall of the People in China's capital, Beijing, and with 2,987 members, is the largest parliament in the world. It gathers alongside the People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) whose members represent various groups of society.

China's dream of transformation

China's dream of transformation

A new fashion is gaining ground in Beijing: interpreting a dream. The trendsetter is not a Chinese Freud, but the nation's new top leader Xi Jinping, who first elaborated on the "China dream" after visiting a history museum in Beijing in November.

Tuesday, 19 March, 2013, 4:25am 3 comments

Infographic: China's new streamlined government

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China unveils a more streamlined government, dissolving some agencies and consolidating others to boost efficiency. It is the seventh reshuffle since market reforms began more than three decades ago.

12 Sep 2013 - 5:03am

Infographic: Who's who in China's new cabinet

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Premier Li Keqiang's team is expected to focus on narrowing the income gap, shifting a heavily investment-reliant economy to a more consumption-based one, as well as taming property prices.

12 Sep 2013 - 5:03am

Xi Jinping outlines his vision of 'dream and renaissance'

President Xi Jinping, in his first address as head of state, said China had to follow its own path while putting its faith in the Communist Party's leadership. Photo: Xinhua

In his maiden speech as head of state, Xi Jinping invoked his favourite concept of the "China dream" and laid out a vision of a stronger nation with a higher standard of living for its 1.3 billion people. during his administration.

18 Mar 2013 - 7:51am 10 comments

Message from Xi to Hong Kong: think of national interest

Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

"Compatriots in the Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions should put emphasis on the country, Hong Kong and Macau's overall interest," Xi told delegates at the closing session of the National People's Congress in Beijing yesterday.

18 Mar 2013 - 9:47am 16 comments

Premier Li: strong, or just moderate?

Li Keqiang. Photo: Simon Song

The premier's news conference on the closing day of "the two meetings" is an important date on the calendar, not only for journalists but also ordinary mainlanders.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am 1 comment

Li Keqiang stresses market reforms at first press conference as premier

Journalists from around the world covered Li Keqiang's first news conference as premier. Photo: Xinhua

China still has "a lot to gain" from deepening market-oriented reforms, newly elected premier Li Keqiang said yesterday in his first news conference as helmsman of the world's second-largest economy.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

After words, time for action

Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

China's leadership has a new face and a changed style. The once-a-decade transition of power finally complete, President Xi Jinping yesterday articulated his vision and Premier Li Keqiang mapped out plans. Innovative policies have been promised and pledges made for a cleaner, more responsive, government. Pragmatism abounds; that is the only way it can be for the world's most populous country and the second-largest economy, where challenges at home and abroad are many.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 1 comment

Mixed reviews as Li Keqiang takes centre stage as China's new premier

Li Keqiang addresses his first news conference as premier yesterday in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

In his first press conference as premier yesterday, Li Keqiang showed a style that starkly contrasted his predecessor, Wen Jiabao, with almost no references to poetry or any sentimental remarks.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Deputies give lowest marks in six years to budget and court

Deputies wait in line to cast their votes during the sixth plenary meeting of the first session of the 12th NPC. Photo: Xinhua

Thousands of National People's Congress deputies gave the lowest endorsement in the past six years to government, budget and court reports yesterday - a small sign of progress in the top legislature, analysts say.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Live updates: Li Keqiang's first news conference

China's new Premier Li Keqiang answer's questions during the annual news conference following the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) on Sunday. Photo: Simon Song

Li Keqiang pledged to reduce the number of bureaucrats and practise frugality in government affairs as he gave his first press conference as Chinese premier on Sunday morning.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:55pm 4 comments

New President Xi Jinping calls for 'great renaissance'

President Xi Jinping speaks at the closing session of the parliamentary session. Photo: Simon Song

Xi's first speech as head of state was followed by a press conference by China’s new premier, Li Keqiang, who pledged to strengthen economic reforms and fight corruption.

17 Mar 2013 - 3:10pm 3 comments

Former Shandong governor Jiang Daming is head of land and resources

He has been a top leader in Shandong, a big base for agricultural production and marine industry, since 1998, when he was transferred from the central committee of the Communist Youth League to the province's Communist Party committee.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Think-tank veteran Wang Huning to retain influence despite lack of portfolio

Wang Huning

At first glance, Wang Huning is the biggest loser as the only Politburo member without a portfolio. But the former academic will still be an influential figure as director of the Central Policy Research Office, a think tank he has headed for more than a decade.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:59am

Li Bin brings rich experience to health and family planning commission

Li Bin

Minister in charge of the newly established Health and Family Planning Commission Li Bin yesterday said she was well aware of the importance of her job, but shed little light on how she was going to address the two tricky issues of health-care reform and the controversial birth control policies.

17 Mar 2013 - 6:38am