Other than the boss’ son, no one has ever had such assurances of a job as the leaders of China’s Communist Party. Xi Jinping is President! Li Keqiang is Premier!
NPC selects national leaders
Yesterday, the National People’s Congress (NPC) elected Xi Jinping as President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission. The NPC also elected Li Keqiang as Premier, Communist Party Standing Committee Member Zhang Dejiang as Chairman of the NPC, and Politburo member Li Yuanchao as Vice President. Li Yuanchao may assist Zhang Dejiang in handling Hong Kong and Macau affairs in the future.
Rita Fan is reelected to the NPC Standing Committee
Yesterday, Rita Fan was once again elected to the Standing Committee of the NPC, but she received more opposing votes than during the last election. Fan received 2,790 votes in favor of her reelection. Opposing votes and abstentions numbered 124 and 27 respectively. Fan said that her fall in popularity might be due to her open criticism of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. She also said that her age might have played a role.
Choi Yuen Village road dispute flares up again
The dispute over ownership rights to an access road to New Choi Yuen Village has once again flared up. The villagers purchased the land for the village in 2011 with money they received from the government in compensation for the demolition of their old village in preparation for the construction of the new high-speed railway to Guangzhou. Residents have offered HK$500,000 to the landlords to purchase the rights to use the road. Yesterday, the chairman of a village council said that the landlords did not want to accept the money because he was not happy with the attitude of the villagers at a recent meeting. The owner also said that the issue was not only about money.