A woman takes a ‘selfie’ near a portrait of Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where the 12th National People’s Congress gets under way in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China’s National People’s Congress gets under way on Thursday and the annual talking shop is set to approve a 10 per cent increase in the defence budg(...)

Xiaomi Corp. M1 smart phones running the MIUI operating system are displayed at the company’s headquarters in Beijing, China

In so many ways, the look of the National People’s Congress is old school, a throwback to the heady days of the Cold War with its red flags, it(...)

 China’s President Xi Jinping (R) and Premier Li Keqiang (L) arrive for the opening session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing, China.

One of the headlines that emerged in the run-up to the National People’s Congress was that the parliamentary gathering is also one of the wealt(...)

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC), is seen on a monitor broadcasting coverage of the opening session of the NPC in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, China. Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong fell to a three-week low as the national legislature began its annual meeting and concern mounted that the country may be facing its first onshore corporate bond default.  photograph: brent lewin/bloomberg

The Chinese government set an economic growth target for the year of 7.5 per cent at the country’s annual parliament last week, and since then (...)

Delegates representing ethnic minorities leave the Great Hall of the People after attending the sessions of National People’s Congress in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Delegates in the red-draped Great Hall of the People in central Beijing for China’s tightly choreographed annual parliament, the National Peopl(...)

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