National People's Congress closes

March 14, 2010 | Posted by Chris

The Third Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) held its closing meeting this morning in Beijing and Premier Wen Jiabao afterwards spoke to the press in a question and answer session, Xinhua News reports. The NPC -- generally regarded as China's parliament -- meets annually to discuss and ratify the policies of China's top leadership. This year's meeting included 3,000 party delegates from around the country and saw the passing of a new electoral law that sets a precedent for equal representation of rural and urban citizens in China's political caucuses. (It may be worth noting that the rural-urban dichotomy in China is perhaps its most challenging governance and development issue.) The delegates also endorsed national and local budgets -- including China's military budget for 2010, which will see its slowest pace of expansion in a decade. After the closing meeting, Premier Wen Jiabao's press conference discussed last year's Copenhagen Climate Summit, the present environment for foreign investment in China, and China's foreign policy. Regarding the Copenhagen meeting, Wen said its backstage sequence of meetings was unclear; as for foreign investment in China, Wen said he was committed to creating a "fair playing ground" in China for all businesses; and in answers about foreign policy he dismissed allegations of Chinese "arrogance."

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