Tuesday, March 06, 2007

2007 NPC, CPPCC Journal, Day 2


Foreign Minister Press Conference
China’s Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing held a press conference on Tuesday. He expanded the idea of harmonious society to “harmonious world,” calling for more dialogue and corporation among different countries in the world. He stressed that Japan should admit its history of forcing women into military sex slaves during the World War Two. He also discussed other topics concerning China’s foreign policies, such as those toward Russia, Africa and India.

Man-made Lunar Satellite Ready to Launch
China has built its first man-made lunar satellite, which is expected to be launched to the Moon within this year, Xinhua reported.

It took three years for Chinese researchers and engineers to build the satellite from ground up, which is part of China’s moon expedition project, said project chief commander Luan Enjie, who is also a CPPCC national committee member.

Earlier on Tuesday, Huang Chunping, one of China’s top space technology experts, told Xinhua that China is technically capable to send astronauts to the moon in 15 years. Mr. Huang is also a CPPCC national committee member.


Outspoken comments
Feng Peien, CPPCC national committee member, denounced tremendous wastes and extravagant spending of public money by governments around China. He listed a series of shocking numbers, including: government agencies spend over two trillion yuan every year in operating a few million government vehicles, while only one third of the usage is really for official businesses; government officials spend trillions of yuan every year in dining and visiting foreign countries in the name of studying or training, but in fact mostly tourism.

Mr. Feng and other NPC delegates and CPPCC members called on holding officials accountable for lavishing public money.

----by Josie Liu

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