As China's annual Lianghui began today, online discussions abound with some of the more colorful motions to be debated over the coming days, such as that from blogging CPPCC member Zhang Xiaomei which seeks to have married men pay (indentured?) wives wages in exchange for housekeeping duties peformed. A large number of blog posts have focused on market fluctuations expected to accompany the political gathering.
A post at Cricketdiane's WordPress blog has aggregated a number of articles from Chinese state media regarding this round of the Two Meetings.
And while CCTV personality Wang Xiaoya was the go-to blogger for the inside scoop from the past several Lianghui, this year she seems to have traded blogging from the sessions for a project with Sohu in fielding questions and views across the Internet company's microblogging platform.
Wang's move comes as more delegates than used to are blogging their own way to the meetings. For starters, there's Sina blogger Patriotic CEO (of aigo electronics) Feng Jun, who in a March 1 post decided to give readers a teaser on his proposal:
With Lianghui soon set to begin, as a CPPCC
delegate I've been trying recently to gather people's constructive views via microblog
. Seeing all those willing to speak freely with their suggestions, I was very moved, and I'm deeply thankful that you all have trust in me! So now I'd like to give everyone a sneak peek, and reveal that the focus of my Lianghui proposal is in “how to promote innovative autonomy in nation-branding”.
Thirty years west of the river, thirty years east
; people who agree should be able to understand that 2010 will be the year in which the Chinese nation moves from confidence onto pride. With the successful holding of both the Olympics
and 60th anniversary of the PRC
in 2008, particularly given the ongoing global economic crisis
, and with our GDP maintaining 8.7% continued growth throughout 2009, you can say that the sense of confidence and unity of our entire nation has reached an all-time high. Further, at the end of last year, our national leaders made the call for a move from “made in China” to “created in China”. Now, given these favorable conditions and widespread popular support, our time has come. Later, I'll post the contents of my proposal here, which will deal with discussion, intellectual property, going global and other aspects. I welcome all netizens’ views. Together, we will work out suggestions for China's innovative autonomy.
The first of 100 comments on Feng's post reads:
When we can publish blog posts or leave comments without needing approval or getting deleted, ‘created in China’ might have a chance. Censorship is the mortal enemy of innovation. Movies need to be approved, computer games need to be approved, websites need to be approved, even posting comments needs approval. Innovation my butt.