China considers one-child policy rethink

China considers one-child policy rethink

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hints at forthcoming changes to China's controversial one-child policy during a yearly press conference with local and international media. (Cover photo: SCMP's Simon Song)

Thursday, 11 June, 2015, 4:45pm

Beijing committed to ‘one country, two systems’ says Premier Li Keqiang

Premier Li Keqiang delivers his report during the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress this morning. Photo: Reuters

Beijing will "unswervingly" implement the principles of ‘one country, two systems’ and maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau, Premier Li Keqiang promised in his first annual report.

5 Mar 2014 - 1:01pm

Corruption the watchword as annual national summits near

A bottle of mao-tai cost about 5,000 yuan at five-star hotels and many hotels would be out of stock of the fiery white spirit during those two important weeks in March.

Every year in March, the country's most important officials and businessmen will converge in Beijing for the two annual top-level political summits known as "Liang Hui".

17 Feb 2014 - 8:09am

Taiwan looks into legality of its residents in mainland China public posts

Phoenix TV's Shally Wu is on Guangdong's CPPCC. Photo: Edmond So

Taiwan is examining the legality of its people holding public office on the mainland, its bitter rival before cross-strait reconciliation in 2008. Such public posts include those on the local and national committees of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), local people's congresses and as consultants and deputy chiefs of local administrations.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

Chilling history lesson for 'no' voter in Xi election

The Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 14, 2013, when Xi was elected as China's President. Photo: AFP

While an overwhelming 2,952 delegates voted yes for China’s newly elected President Xi Jinping on Thursday, the only  “no” vote has attracted considerable attention and debate on China's social media.

16 Mar 2013 - 5:01am 3 comments

English-language studies 'destructive' to China's education, says CPPCC deputy

Seen in Beijing, a T-shirt mocking poorly spoken English. Photo: AFP

The head of a national research institute in China said English-language studies were "destructive" to education, which is facing an "unprecedented crisis".

13 Mar 2013 - 2:43pm 24 comments

Western-style reform not on agenda, says CPPCC chief Yu Zhengsheng

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC, addresses the advisory body yesterday. Photo: Simon Song

China's new top political adviser has urged members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference to reject "impetuous and extremist attitudes" in political ideas and said the ruling Communist Party would explore its own political path and shun reform based on Western models.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Defector’s brother Yu Zhengsheng made chairman of CPPCC

Yu Zhengsheng presides over the opening meeting of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

A senior Chinese politician whose brother defected to the US in a major spy scandal was on Monday elected as chairman of the country’s highest-profile advisory organisation, state media reported.

12 Mar 2013 - 1:01am

No sign of anti-corruption law as CPPCC convenes

Xi Jinping greets a Tibetan NPC deputy yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

The Communist Party's top disciplinary body has yet to put a draft of the mainland's first anti-corruption law on its agenda, a top anti-graft official said this week, despite frequent pledges to accelerate the process.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am

Video: How much do foreigners know about Chinese politics?

As the Chinese parliament and its political advisory body hold their annual gatherings this month, “lianghui” (or “two sessions” a collective name for both National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference session) is probably the most popular topic of conversation.

8 Mar 2013 - 6:54pm

Feng Xiaogang hopes to make Cultural Revolution film

Director Feng Xiaogang at the premiere of his film '1942' in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Mainland director and CPPCC delegate Feng Xiaogang expressed interest in shooting a film about the Cultural Revolution on Wednesday, according to a report in Southern Metropolis Daily.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:35pm

Milk powder, GM food and pollution: Interesting quotes from NPC

Zhang Chunxian, Communist Party chief of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, at right, is mobbed by journalists after a briefing for the National People's Congress. Photo: AP

"We must pay attention to the problems triggered by curbs on milk powder transportation and respond to people's concerns on the issue."

Yu Zhengsheng, Standing Committee member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, on milk powder issue. 


7 Mar 2013 - 6:27pm

Party veterans' offspring make up 1pc of CPPCC

Mao Xinyu, grandson of Mao Zedong. Photo: EPA

The 2,237 members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference include 24 "princelings" - descendants of revolutionaries. Among them are Mao Xinyu, grandson of Mao Zedong , Zhou Bingjian, niece of late premier Zhou Enlai, Major General Zhu Heping, grandson of the Red Army founder Zhu De, and Deng Nan, daughter of Deng Xiaoping .

6 Mar 2013 - 6:26am

Don't hold your breath for major reform plan at NPC meeting

Don't hold your breath for major reform plan at NPC meeting

This year's National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference meetings are important in the sense that a new government will be "sworn in". The new premier will take up his position, together with a whole new cabinet - following the forming of a new Central Committee, ministers are expected to be reappointed as well, with a five-year term ahead.

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Live updates of China's annual NPC meeting: behind the scenes and more

Zhang Yu, a delegate  from Chongqing, poses for a photo. Photo: Simon Song

Continuous updates of China's annual week-long legislative session in Beijing, from China-watchers and SCMP journalists at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am