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China: Proposal for corporate innovation before annual political gathering

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:

“两会”即将召开,作为政协委员,我最近尝试通过微博征求大家的建设性意见,看到那么多畅所欲言的建议很感动,也感谢大伙对我的信任!在这里提前给大家透露一下,此次两会我提案的核心将放在“如何进一步促进民族品牌自主创新”方面。

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”.

三十年河东,三十年河西,知道的朋友应该理解,2010年将是中华民族从自信走向自豪的最关键的元年。2008年的奥运会和建国60周年庆典成功举办,尤其在全球经济危机的环境下,我们2009年的 GDP依然实现了8.7%的高增长,可以说现在咱们全民族的自信心和团队精神达都到了一个全新的高度。而且去年年底,国家领导人也正是号召要从“中国制造”转向“中国创造”,现在从天时地利人和来讲,现在是条件最好的。后续我会把提案的详细内容发上来,里面会涉及到舆论、知识产权、走出去等多个方面,欢迎各位网友多提意见,共同为中国的自主创新建言献策。

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:

啥时候发文章发回复不被审核不被删了.中国创造才有戏.审核是创新的死敌.电影要审核,游戏要审核,网站要审核,连发个回复都要审核.还创新个屁

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.

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