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News letter Issue No.33
2010/03/17

Issue No.33

     March 15, 2010

On Mar.2, H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe, Head of the Mission of the P.R.China to the EU, made a speech at the European Commission on the occasion of the Photo Exhibition "Expo 2010 Shanghai, China". To read the speech, please see http://www.chinamission.be/eng/sthd/t661357.htm

National People’s Congress in Session!

Highlights of Chinese Premier Wen's government work report. Premier Wen Jiabao delivered a government work report during the opening meeting of the Third Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People on Mar.5. For the highlights, please see http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90785/6909453.html Full text is at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/15/c_13211657.htm

China's parliament endorsed the government work report on March 14. To read the report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/14/c_13209870.htm

                                                                                             

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met the press. Premier Wen held a press conference after the closing meeting of the Third Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 14, 2010. To find details, please go to http://www.xinhuanet.com/english2010/special/2010lh/

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao gave his second annual online chat on Feb 27 with the public. In the two-hour live webcast, Wen answered more than 20 questions, touching on the country's severe employment situation, fledgling economic recovery, soaring housing prices, inflation, corruption, and a cross-Strait economic pact. To read the report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-02/27/c_13191054.htm

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Meets the Press. The 3rd Session of the 11th National People's Congress held a press conference in the Great Hall of the People on the morning of March 7. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi answered questions from Chinese and foreign press on China's foreign policy and foreign relations. To get more information, please see http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/zxxx/t662388.htm

Monetary policy change depends on economic condition. China will adjust its monetary policy in accordance with changes of economic indicators and feedbacks from policy implementation, said central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan on March 6. To get more information, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/06/c_13199520.htm

China moves to boost energy saving to meet 5-year goal. The Chinese government will adopt stricter measures to boost energy conservation this year to meet the goal set by an important five-year plan, Xie Zhenhua, vice minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, said on March 10. To read the report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/10/c_13205595.htm

China sets out new blueprint for the West Area. China is drawing up a new 10-year development plan for the West Area, setting off a new round of energizing stimulus for the region's economy and environment. The first 10-year Western Development Strategy will end this year. Over the last decade, the West Area's economy has maintained a growth rate of at least 11 percent, mostly boosted by preferential government policies. For more information, please see http://www.china.org.cn/china/NPC_CPPCC_2010/2010-03/11/content_19584855.htm

China mulls legislation of officials' personal asset declaration. Li Fei, deputy director of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the National People' s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said on March 10 that legislation requiring public officials to declare their personal assets is under consideration and seen as a move to prevent corruption and improve government transparency. Premier Wen Jiabao said on March 5 that high priority should be given to fighting corruption and encouraging integrity among public officials. For more details, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/10/c_13205593.htm

Google has freedom to quit or stay. It is up to Google to decide whether to withdraw from China or continue to stay, said Li Yizhong, Minister of Industry and Information Technology during a press conference on March 12, 2010. To read the report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/12/c_13208247.htm

 

The National People's Congress adopted the amendment to the Electoral Law on Mar. 14, which grants equal representation in legislative bodies to rural and urban people. For more information, please visit http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/14/c_13209880.htm

Tibetan deputies to NPC session met the press on Mar.7. To find more information, please go to http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-03/07/content_13117607.htm

Heated congressional debates indicate differences about social interests. From the very beginning, people have sensed a strong "smell of gunpowder" in and out of this year's sessions of National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, as participants and the public have been involved in heated debates on some topics. Wang Yukai, professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance, said the further development of China's economy and the deepening of reform and the opening up, citizens' awareness of individual rights and interests has been enhanced and different social classes have been gradually formed. To read the report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/10/c_13205589.htm

China's on-going session of the National People's Congress (NPC), the top legislature, was open to more than 10 members of the Danish Parliament Education Committee on March 5. The delegation went to the Great Hall of the People to hear a work report given by Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee. The NPC session was open to a delegation of the European Parliament in 2004. To get more information, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/09/c_13204018_2.htm ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************This newsletter is issued by the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, Boulevard de la Woluwe 100, 1200 Brussels, Tel + 32 2772 95 72, www.chinamission.be/eng/.  Any comments or queries on the contents can be addressed to chinamission_eupress@mfa.gov.cn.

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