NPC 2009

Liang Jing: Where Does Wen Jiabao’s Faith Come From?

Thanks to David Kelly, researcher at the University of Technology Sydney, for translating the following opinion piece by overseas political commentator Liang Jing: Where does Wen Jiabao’s faith come from?* Since the...

China’s Annual Congress: Seen One, Seen ‘em All

Take a look at this website, which has posted six years’ worth of People’s Daily front pages reporting on the opening sessions of the annual National People’s Congress meetings. The Christian Science Monitor blog...

Wu Bangguo (吴邦国): China ‘Will not Have Democracy’

Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, which is currently meeting in Beijing, said today that China will never adopt Western-style democracy. From BBC: “We must draw on the...

Seeking Justice, Chinese Land in Secret Jails

The New York Times reports on the “black jails” where petitioners are held in Beijing: This month, Wang Shixiang, a 48-year-old businessman from Heilongjong Province, came to Beijing to agitate for the prosecution of...

Three Set Fire to Themselves Over Lost Home

The family of 3 that set themselves on fire in Beijing’s Wangfujing apparently did so after losing their home. From AP, via MSNBC: Three people who set themselves on fire in downtown Beijing came from China’s western...

Without Specifics, China Calls for Closer Taiwan Ties

At the NPC session, Premier Wen Jiabao offered a “modest olive branch” to Taiwan, the New York Times reports: In his opening speech to the National People’s Congress, Mr. Wen clearly signaled the Chinese leadership’s...

In Crisis, China Vows Openness

In a report for the Washington Times, Ariana Eunjung Cha asks if gestures such as Wen Jiabao’s recent online chat are reflective of increased governmental openness. China’s economic growth is slowing at an alarming...

China Announces Double-Digit Military Spending Boost

Tania Branigan from The Guardian reports that military spending will increase by 14.9% this year. The spokesman for the National People’s Congress – China’s rubber-stamp parliament, which begins its annual session...

Economy to Dominate Annual Chinese Gathering (Updated)

The New York Times has more from the annual NPC session now ongoing in Beijing: In the nine-day session of the National People’s Congress, about the only suspense involves whether the government will propose to add still more...

China Urges Bosses to Help with Labor Stability (Updated)

The annual session of the National People’s Congress opened today in Beijing with unemployment and rising unrest at the top of the government’s agenda. From Reuters: “We encourage people from the non-public...

China Fire Protesters Were Uighurs

Reuters reports that the three people who apparently set themselves on fire on Wangfujing in Beijing were a Uighur family who had come to Beijing to petition lawmakers during next week’s National People’s Congress...

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