Archive for the ‘National People’s Congress’ Category

China’s leadership ‘election’ begins

March 12, 2008

BEIJING (AFP) – The nominees for China’s president and prime minister were unveiled to the national parliament Wednesday, state media said, kicking off the nation’s communist-style election process.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and Premier Wen Jiabao attend ... 
Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and Premier Wen Jiabao attend the opening session of the Communist Party’s National People’s Congress on March 5. The nominees for China’s president and prime minister were unveiled to the national parliament , kicking off the nation’s election process.(AFP/Frederic J. Brown)

The nomination lists were handed over to the nearly 3,000 delegates at the ongoing National People’s Congress for “discussion and consultation”, Xinhua news agency said of the nation’s opaque political process.

On Saturday, the annual parliament will elect a president, vice president and parliament head, while delegates will rubber stamp the nomination for prime minister on Sunday.

President Hu Jintao is almost certain to be elected to a second five-year term and is expected to re-nominate Wen Jiabao as his prime minister, or premier, sources with knowledge of communist politics here said.

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China parliament delegates call for Xinjiang crackdown

March 8, 2008

BEIJING (AFP) – Delegates to China‘s parliament have vowed to step up a crackdown on ethnic unrest, separatism and religious extremism in the western region of Xinjiang, state press said Saturday.
“We will never slacken in our fight against these evil forces,” the China Daily quoted Nur Bekri, chairman of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region as saying.

“We should stay on high alert all the time to crush any attempt to damage Xinjiang’s development and stability.”

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing National People’s Congress, Bekri said extremism, terrorism and separatism were the greatest threats to Xinjiang, an area bordering Central Asia that makes up one sixth of China’s territory.

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China: Democracy Comes Very Slowly

December 29, 2007
by Stephanie Wong

HONG KONG (AFP) – China said Saturday it would consider allowing Hong Kong‘s leader to be directly elected by 2017 but activists seeking quicker reform in the former British colony criticised the decision.

The announcement is Beijing‘s clearest indication yet of the city’s political future but has upset democrats pushing for 2012 as the deadline to achieve full democracy in the Asian financial hub, a timetable China rejected.

“The election of the fifth (Hong Kong) chief executive in the year 2017 may be implemented by the method of universal suffrage,” said Qiao Xiaoyang, a senior official from the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature…..

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