“Shorter NPC Presser: No News”

“Shorter NPC Presser: No News”

The annual session of the National People’s Congress concluded today in Beijing. From Xinhua:

The session was an event where the lawmakers reached consensus, defined major missions and strengthened confidence on the country’s development, said Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, in his address at the closing meeting of the session.

At the session, the NPC deputies examined and approved a number of important documents, including the government work report, the national economic and social development plan and the central budget.

They also endorsed the work reports of the NPC Standing Committee, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

The lawmakers approved the resignations of two NPC Standing Committee members at the closing meeting. [Source]

Foreign journalists tweeted their impressions of Premier Li Keqiang’s concluding press conference. While many initially remained optimistic that Li would release some news about the alleged investigation of former security chief Zhou Yongkang, others reported being explicitly warned not to ask about his case. See also the South China Morning Post’s transcript of some of the questions asked by reporters and a round-up of highlights from the press conference from Reuters:


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