Microblog buzz on parliamentary sessions

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Editor's notes: With the annual NPC & CPPCC sessions in progress, many netizens, including delegates to the sessions, are using microblogs to make suggestions and express opinions. Editors from China.org.cn are selecting some of the most interesting posts from popular Chinese microblogging sites, and publishing them in Chinese and English to help readers keep up to date with what people are saying.

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March 14

 Han Hong, famous singer and CPPCC member

Han said there's growing concern for kidnapped children and street children thanks to campaigns initiated by microblogs that fight child trafficking. She proposes establishing a special agency for child protection. [Full coverage]

March 13

 Zhong Chengxiang, CPPCC member

"These days are no longer the age of Lu Xun, Guo Moruo and Mao Dun, but that of Zhao Benshan, Xiao Shenyang and Li Yuchun. I don't deny their contributions to entertainment, culture and short sketches, but from Lu Xun to Xiao Shenyang, how large is the cultural gap?" [Full coverage]

March 12

 Lü Zhangshen, curator of the National Museum of China and CPPCC member

"The erection of a huge Confucius statue in front of the National Museum of China has nothing to do with politics. Items at the National Museum are of great value to both history and art, so the building itself should also embrace history." [Full coverage]

 March 11

Life Week

"Tycoon Cao Dewang donated 200 million yuan (US$30.5 million) to nearly 100,000 farmers within six months; however, he imposed strict standards to ensure more money went to the farmers and less to bureaucrats or businessmen. " [Full coverage]

 March 10

Zheng Yuanjie, children's book author

"Some people like to call the NPC and the CPPCC a millionaires' club, because many of the delegates turn out to be entrepreneurs, senior officials and stars. But... only farmers can stay in the position for 11 terms, exceeding any senior officials or entrepreneurs." [Full coverage]

 March 9

Bai Xing Jian Wen, microblogger

"For NPC deputies and CPPCC members: Can we have uniform specifications for mobile phone batteries and chargers? That would be a better way to tackle the environmental pollution of mobile phones as well as the waste of resources of chargers." [Full coverage]

 March 8

Shi Yuhua, vice editor-in-chief of Jiangxi-based Information Daily

"There should be more concern over women in rural areas left behind when their husbands must migrate for work. According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, there are 87 million people left behind in the countryside, and 47 million are women." [Full coverage]

 March 7

Zhang Quanling, CCTV journalist

"Turning points China may face: 1. The demographic dividend will come to an end and we will see a labor shortage. 2. College students will earn little more than ordinary workers, so the idea will spread that study is useless. ..." [Full coverage]

 March 6

Ergou (Dog #2), microblogger

"Personal income tax should be imposed like this: Individuals whose monthly salary is higher than the local average housing price for one square meter should pay personal income tax." [Full coverage]

 March 5

Li Jingxuan, Grade 2, Class 1, from Xiaoying Primary School

"Is milk made from leather? Milk plays an important role in the growth of children. I suggest: 1. enforcing food safety laws to the letter and intensifying inspection and supervision of milk and diary products so that..." [Full coverage]

 March 4

Li Yinhe, CPPCC member

"It would improve China's image in the world if same-sex marriage was legalized." (Note: There are two specific proposals under consideration: one is to establish a separate law covering same-sex marriages; the other is to ...) [Full coverage]

 March 3 

Zong Qinghou, chairman of Wahaha Group and NPC deputy

"I am submitting one proposal to this year's NPC & CPPCC Sessions, to amend the law on how to deal with residential construction land after leases expire. Currently, some local governments have regulations that decree such lands will revert to them free of charge when the 70-year tenure expires. I don't think that is at all reasonable. ..." [Full coverage]

(Excerpts reflect the views of microbloggers, not necessarily those of China.org.cn.)

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