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Delegates speak out in defence of rivers – Three Gorges Probe

Three Gorges Probe has compiled and translated news relating to China’s rivers from the recent NPC/CPPCC meetings: Cai Qihua, director of the Changjiang (Yangtze) Water Resources Commission and a delegate to the National People’s Congress, has called on the government to pay more attention to the safety of areas below the Three Gorges dam, and […]

China’s Priorities on Display – Adam Wolfe

From Asia Sentinel: The debate at the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s highest legislative body, over the country’s first private property law spilled over into the public sphere at the NPC’s annual meeting which ended on March 16, exposing internal debates around the opposing forces of capitalism and communism. And, despite the fact that China’s […]

How Foreign Correspondents Covered the Two Congresses – Guo Li

Southern Weekend writes about foreign correspondents’ reporting on the recently concluded National People’s Congress meetings. From a translation on ESWN: In the memory of CNN’s China correspondent Jaime CruzFlor [sic], it was a major heavy-weight report in the 1980’s for the China-based foreign media to be able to say that the “two Congresses will begin […]

China: More rights for millionaires – Pallavi Aiyar

From Asia Times, a look at how the government is addressing concerns about growing social and economic inequality, and the lingering tensions over the issue: Increasingly squeezed between the demands of the right and the criticisms of the left, the CCP is engaged in an ever more delicate juggling act, balancing the interests of the […]

Good Turn Out – Simon Elegant

From The China Blog – TIME: I forgot to post this from the just-finished National People’s Congress, or rather from Premier Wen Jiabao’s Press Conference afterwards. A pretty impressive turn out, I thought, though the guy next to me said he was there reporting for the Inner Mongolian Yurt Builders Weekly…or was it the Hothot […]

Full Text: China’s economic, social development plan – Xinhua

From Xinhua English: The following is the full text of the Report on the Implementation of the 2006 Plan for National Economic and Social Development and on the 2007 Draft Plan for National Economic and Social Development, which was submitted on March 5 for review by the Fifth Session of the Tenth National People’s Congress: […]

China Finished Building Socialism – Alexander Gabuyev

According to summaries of the recently-concluded session of the Chinese National People’s Congress published this weekend by the Chinese Xinhua news agency, the country’s national assembly has adopted legislation that will help smooth the way for China’s transition from socialism to capitalism. In addition, the country’s leadership has begun to move forward with a plan […]

China Creating its Own Democracy, Premier Says – Mark Magnier

From LA Times: China is on the road to democracy, but not necessarily to Western-style democracy, China’s premier said Friday, citing the country’s unique concerns and the challenge of operating within a socialist framework. During a rare two-hour meeting with journalists in the cavernous Great Hall of the People, Wen Jiabao delivered a series of […]

China’s Great Leap Forward on Property – Peter Ford

From The Christian Science Monitor: Of all the steps that China has taken away from its Communist past since reforms began nearly 30 years ago, few have boasted the symbolic power of the law that parliament is due to pass next Friday. The Property Law, for the first time since the 1949 Chinese revolution, offers […]

Folk Pokes From The People’s Congress

The folk tradition of making up shunkouliu, doggerel satire known among Sinologists as “slippery jingles”, thrives today in the Chinese vernacular – mostly in the form of politically tinged gripes about social...

New Bid to Ban Smoking in Public – Ma Quan

From China Daily: Thirty national legislators have proposed a ban on smoking in public, but concede imposing such a rule would be hard habit to crack in China, which has an estimated 350 million smokers. In a motion before the National People’s Congress the legislators claimed as many as 600 million Chinese people are exposed […]

Cultural Rise a Hot Topic at this Year’s Sessions – Josie Liu

From China in Transition blog: So much talk has been devoted to China’s cultural development that it became one of the major topics at this year’s NPC and CPPCC sessions, which concluded on Friday. Quite a few delegates demonstrated a sense of urgency in their discussion about China’s “cultural rise,” as well as protecting and […]

Socialist China Passes Private Property Law – NewsHour

From PBS: China’s National People’s Congress officially passed a landmark law that strengthens private property rights, despite opposition from left-wing intellectuals who claim it will accelerate the gap between the rich and poor. The law — passed on the closing day of the NPC’s annual session — intends to safeguard the assets of China’s growing […]

The “Two Sessions” and the Path of Reform – Hu Shuli

An editorial from Caijing Magazine editor Hu Shuli: Market-oriented reform is a multi-dimensional process. In fall 2006, the Party advocated ‘advancing reform and innovation in the economic, political, cultural and social systems, and continuing to open the door to the outside world.’ This was a basic summary of the characteristics and tasks of the current […]

Stop Using “Peasant” to Avoid Discrimination – Josie Liu

From The China in Transition blog: China should eliminate residence-based discrimination and stop differentiating between rural and urban residents, Ma Kening, a NPC delegate from Shaanxi, proposed to China’s top legislature. In the proposal, which Ms. Ma also posted on her blog at people.com.cn, she pointed out that rural residents, or nong min (peasants) as […]

Central government seeks strengthened authority to improve efficiency – Chinaelections

From Chinaelections.org: Perhaps the most unpleasant alert that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao heard from the country’s political advisors at their annual full session this year was a popular witty doggerel: “Hoodwinking starts from villages, then the lies are copied by township officials without changes, which roll all the way from county officials to the State […]

CPPCC Blogger Ambiguous about Blogging – Josie Liu

From China in Transition blog: Mr. Wang Xudong, a CPPCC member and university professor from Nanjing, suddenly faced a dilemma these days”to continue or shut down his blog at people.com.cn after this year’s two meetings. In his latest blog post, he said he doubted whether it was necessary to continue his blog. What caused his […]

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