Proposals that didn't make the headlines ... 9+2 doesn't add up for sceptical economist Economist Li Yining had some problems with figures when he presented his views on Hong Kong's much-hyped '9+2' partnership with provinces in the south and west. 'The nine in this concept seems much too big to me, with too many provinces included, and that makes the whole idea very 'empty',' Mr Li was quoted by Xinhua as saying in a meeting for CPPCC deputies. 'I think we should first get the co-operation [between Hong Kong, Macau] and the Pearl River Delta right. If [Hong Kong] fails to partner with the Pearl River Delta, further development of Hong Kong's economy will suffer,' he said. running for office? show us your assets CPPCC member Wang Quanjie from Shandong has a unique recipe for Premier Wen Jiabao in constructing a harmonious society. 'Party and judicial officials, public servants and any people who want to run for public office should make public their assets, for public inspection, every year,' he said. 'In addition, the government should set up a special watchdog to review and scrutinise their declarations. This will be conducive to creating a transparent and sunshine society, reduce crimes and build up people's trust in the government. In that case, we will have a society which is truly harmonious.' Mr Wen has admitted that a widening wealth gap has fuelled bitter complaints from the country's down-and-outs. real socialists don't lip-sync If NPC deputy Ma Bomin has her way, pop singers who lip-sync - notably teen idols from Hong Kong - can count themselves out of the mainland music market. 'We need to draft a culture law with Chinese socialist characteristics, to outlaw lip-synching,' Ms Ma, from Shanghai, was quoted as saying by the China News Service. 'Lip-synching is just like counterfeiting for the performance market, and that should be spurned strongly.'