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Public health, national and economic security top agenda for two sessions

China's top political advisory meeting opened its annual session on Thursday in Beijing, making arrangements for work in 2020 regarding six aspects and addressing the most pressing issues including public, national and economic security.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/22 1:08:40

Passing national security law in HK shows central government's determination: expert

Formulating a national security legislation for Hong Kong shows that the central government is determined to safeguard its sovereignty over the special administrative region and will protect the territory from falling into the hands of the hostile forces at all cost, especially after the Hong Kong SAR government has been weakened in the past years fending off growing risks caused by local secessionists and foreign intervention, a senior expert close to the central government on Hong Kong affairs told the Global Times on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/21 22:16:38

Agenda of third session of 13th National People's Congress

The preparatory meeting of the third session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) on Thursday adopted the following agenda for the session:
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/21 22:07:58

Satellite internet buildup needed in 14th Five-Year Plan: Lei Jun

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun has said in a proposal for the two sessions that satellite internet should be listed in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25), and commercial aerospace companies are encouraged to build up aerospace infrastructure.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/21 20:23:40

China's top political advisor stresses safeguarding core national interests in work report

China's top political advisor Wang Yang said in a work report on Thursday that members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee had made efforts in safeguarding core national interests while also calling on them to devote their work to national rejuvenation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/21 20:13:40

US torpedo sales to Taiwan island 'useless' against Chinese mainland military: expert

The US latest plan to sell arms to the island of Taiwan of 18 torpedoes is overpriced and cannot make any difference in a potential military conflict between the island and the Chinese mainland, and sent a wrong signal to Taiwan secessionists on the day of regional leader Tsai Ing-wen's inaugural speech, mainland military experts said on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/21 19:48:40

China's top political advisory body starts annual session

China's top political advisory body started its annual session Thursday afternoon in Beijing.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/21 17:23:31

The 3rd session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee observes a minute of silence to mourn the dead in virus fight

The opening ceremony of the 3rd session of 13th CPPCC National Committee Thursday afternoon observes a minute of silence to mourn to the coronavirus victims and those who sacrificed their lives in the COVID-19 fight.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/21 15:09:37

China's top political advisory body opens annual session

China's top political advisory body, the CPPCC National Committee, opens its annual session in Beijing. During the week-long session, political advisors will hear and deliberate a report on the work of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee and a report on how the proposals from political advisors have been handled. The political advisors will sit in on the third session of the 13th National People's Congress as non-voting participants, hearing and discussing reports including a government work report, as well as a draft civil code.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/21 15:03:21

Sinister intentions behind mud-flinging at China

As of May 19, Beijing Time (GMT +8), the US has reported more than 1.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases cumulatively with over 90,000 deaths, both figures are the highest in the world.
Source: China Military Online | 2020/5/21 11:56:23

Two sessions 'in cloud': expected to inject confidence, unite people in wake of COVID-19

After a 78-day delay, China entered a "two sessions" mode on Wednesday as the country's top advisory body held the first online press conference of this year's two sessions - a special arrangement in line with epidemic prevention and control work - while thousands of deputies and members from China's provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities as well as two special administration regions (SARs) arrived in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 23:23:40

Fighting the virus the priority: Russian Ambassador to China

While backing the proposal to identify the zoonotic source of the coronavirus, the Russian Ambassador to China told the Global Times on Wednesday that the main task at this moment is to try everything to win the battle against the coronavirus.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 22:48:40

Cross-Straits ties likely to see 'a decoupling future' as Tsai enters 2nd term

The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council has responded to the "inauguration speech" made by the separatist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, saying that the mainland wants to create broad space for peaceful reunification but will leave no space for any act of separatism.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 18:08:41

WHO adopts draft resolution

A resolution on identifying the zoonotic source of the coronavirus and evaluating the World Health Organization's (WHO) COVID-19 response have been agreed by all the member states, including China, the US and Australia, at the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 0:08:40

Taiwan pro-separatist groups mocked for counting on 'crippled' US

The attempt to push for proposals related to Taiwan at the World Health Assembly by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the island has once again failed. After the WHA announced it would not discuss the proposal, netizens from the Chinese mainland and the island of Taiwan mocked pro-independence forces in Taiwan for "betting on the wrong horse" as the US has been "crippled by its own failure to control the COVID-19 domestically" and most member states of the WHO stuck to the one-China principle.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/19 21:13:40

Australia gets 'slap to the face' as global community welcomes China-sponsored resolution on COVID-19

China is one of the co-sponsors of the proposed resolution at the 73rd World Health Assembly, which is entirely different from the so-called independent inquiry demanded by Australia, and is in fact a review of the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 response in order to draw lessons from it, instead of specially targeting any country based on a presumption of guilt, a Chinese official said on Tuesday. More calls have also emerged, urging some Western countries like Australia to stop politicizing the issue and act in line with the global consensus.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/19 18:32:47

Experts predict 3 pct growth in China's military budget amid rising defense needs

China's defense budget draft for 2020 is expected to be released on Friday, the first day of the annual National People's Congress (NPC), with most Chinese military observers reached by the Global Times believing the figure will continue to rise amid the "black swan" COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted China's economy but also raised additional national defense demands.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/19 13:39:46

China backs fair review of COVID-19

China supports the comprehensive review of the COVID-19 response, which should be conducted in an objective and impartial manner, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday at the opening session of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA). The top Chinese leader's comment was echoed by many scientists and medical experts across the world, who have also rejected a misinterpretation of such review by some Western politicians and media outlets as an independent inquiry to hold Beijing accountable for the outbreak, as part of their efforts to politicize the pandemic of COVID-19.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/18 22:30:49