China's parliament votes to change Hong Kong's electoral system, including plans to grant Beijing veto powers over lawmaker candidates, reducing the number elected by the public.
China's parliament is considering changes to Hong Kong's electoral committee, which selects the city's leader, as well as giving it new powers to nominate and elect candidates to the city's legislature, a senior parliament official says.
Beijing will spend $210 billion on defence amid high government debt and coronavirus as ruling Communist Party sees economic growth of "over 6 percent" this year.
Beijing is set to unveil a new five-year plan and other socioeconomic targets for 2021 at it's annual National People's Congress meeting, beginning on Friday.
The most controversial move at the National People's Congress opening was the introduction of a proposal to impose a security law in Hong Kong –– immediately denounced by critics who called it a death sentence for the territory's unique freedoms.
The two-week gathering of the congress's 3,000-plus delegates in the Great Hall of the People is a grand political spectacle. But it does little law making, serving as a platform to highlight the government's plans for the year and earn endorsement.
The annual 10-day parliamentary session closed on Wednesday. Key topics discussed by the National People's Congress included the economy, the environment and foreign policy.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned of slow economic growth in 2017 in his speech at the annual meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC), but he promised to create one million urban jobs.
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