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.Wednesday, 5 March, 2014, 1:01pm
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
Li, who has a legal background, is expected to take up a major role in the forthcoming debate on Hong Kong's political reform, which will set out the rules for the 2016 Legislative Council election and for the selection of the chief executive in 2017 by universal suffrage.20 Mar 2013 - 5:02am
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
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
A few miles from China’s National People’s Congress in Beijing, citizens who have travelled from across the country to tell the government about their problems face tight controls on this age-old right.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Zhao Dongling is not as famous as Jackie Chan and other celebrity NPC and CPPCC delegates attending sessions in Beijing this week. But her bold proposal to deprive China’s State Council of the power to impose taxes has won her national applause and support.9 Mar 2013 - 2:07pm
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
"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
Shao Zhanwei, China’s NPC deputy and mayor of Hangzhou, died of a heart attack on Wednesday morning during the annual parliamentary session in Beijing, reported Xinhua state news agency.
Shao was born in 1956 and became the mayor of Hangzhou in February 2011, according to Hangzhou’s official website.6 Mar 2013 - 3:06pm
Despite the 11 failures China’s outgoing premier Wen Jiabao openly acknowledged in his last work report on Tuesday, sources say he omitted another important one: failing to stop his children doing business in China.6 Mar 2013 - 7:20pm 1 comment
“A [National People's Congress] member has brought the proposal to the parliament meeting, but only as a ‘suggestion’,” Li Yinhe said. On multiple occassions since 2003, she has entrusted NPC members to submit her proposal on gay marriage on her behalf.6 Mar 2013 - 1:45pm
Besides running a record-high budget deficit, the economic tasks facing the new cabinet also include maintaining a GDP growth rate of 7.5 per cent, keeping inflation steady at 3.5 per cent and guarding against financial risks to make growth more sustainable, something stressed by outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao in his last work report.6 Mar 2013 - 5:24am 1 comment
Wen dropped references to "developing the economy", "improving people's livelihoods" and "facilitating democracy" in the two cities, a feature of previous reports.6 Mar 2013 - 9:09am
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