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Chinese legislative and consultative institutions (an overview)
Communist Party fails to heed Consultative Conference's advice
Academics want consultative body to play a greater role. Since Mao's reign, the former has been only a useless "decoration". Bishops who sit in the conference have always failed to guarantee Catholic communities a modicum of freedom, or get the release of jailed fellow bishops. Some propose to cut the number of delegates.
Communist leaders reject Western-style reform
The new head of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng urges delegates not to follow foreign models or heed foreign demands. As new President Xi Jinping calls on the armed forces to remain loyal to "avoid collapse", Internet users and intellectuals voice their criticism.
Beijing between admissions and denials on its one-child policy
As the People’s Political Consultive Confererence gets ready to meet, contradictory statements over the one-child policy are heard. For experts it is proofs of internal party divisions.
One criminal suspect in five is a juvenile
04/03/2005 CHINA - NPC 2005
Tight security surrounds annual session of parliament
Police detains dozens of unemployed workers. US photo reporter is beaten up.
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