Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report during the opening session of the National People's Congress. Photo: Wang Zhao/AFP

Hong Kong and Macau will develop and thrive with mainland, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says as he delivers annual work report

  • Premier promises support for both cities as they seize opportunities under belt and road strategy and Greater Bay Area plan
  • Unlike in previous two years, state leader does not mention ‘promoting democracy’ in report
Topic |   Two Sessions 2019 (Lianghui)

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report during the opening session of the National People's Congress. Photo: Wang Zhao/AFP
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The second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

China cuts taxes and defence budget growth, demands more profits from state firms

  • Value-added taxes cut more than expected. State firms have to hand in more profits to bridge fiscal shortfall
  • Defence budget growth slashed from 8.1 per cent to 7.5 per cent
Topic |   Two Sessions 2019 (Lianghui): Top Priorities

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The second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
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