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China's "Two Sessions": discussion with Lee Cheuk-yan & Lawrence Ma & Foreign media in China (24 Mar 2018)


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On Tuesday, President Xi Jinping delivered his closing speech to the 16-day session of the National People’s Congress. Two big changes were endorsed at the “Two Sessions”. Term limits for the president and vice-president were deleted from the constitution and “Xi Jinping Thought” was written in. Xi also reshuffled the government and placed trusted aides in key positions. The party’s control is now stronger, as Xi reiterated in his closing speech: He said: “Government, the military, society and schools, north, south, east and west – the party leads them all.” Last December, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China conducted its annual survey of its members. 40% of respondents felt that conditions for reporting on the mainland had deteriorated. 73% said it was increasingly difficult to report in many areas outside the capital, particularly Xinjiang. Then there are concerns about surveillance, invasion of privacy, and even their home news organisations being pressurised by overseas Chinese officials. Some visas have been either cancelled or not-renewed for reasons related to reporting. More than half said they had experienced interference, harassment and physical violence … as well as potential interviewees being afraid to even talk to them. Yvonne Tong spoke to a group of foreign correspondents in Beijing during the recently concluded.

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, March 24, 2018
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